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Colleges have long way to go for autonomy

Jamshedpur, March 31: Though the state human resource development (HRD) department has decided to issue a no-objection certificate for granting Jamshedpur Women’s College and Graduate School College for Women autonomous status, many warn that there is not enough to celebrate, yet.

“These colleges are no match to St Xavier’s College or Ranchi College. The infrastructure and facilities provided to students in St Xavier’s is far better. So, how can we expect an autonomous status so soon,” said a senior Ranchi University senate member, dashing hopes of celebration raised after the University Grants Commission (UGC) agreed in principle to grant autonomous status to both the women’s colleges.

The UGC states that all colleges should fulfil an eligibility criteria to get the autonomous status. These include adequate number of class rooms, proper allocation of departmental rooms, a good examination department and adequate infrastructure including library, equipment, accommodation for academic activities, quality of institutional management and financial resources provided by the management or state for the development of the institution.

“We know very well that it is not going to be easy competing with colleges from across the nation. Moreover, just an HRD nod is not enough. UGC, too, has to agree that all conditions are fulfiled. Only then will we get it,” said Snehalata Sinha, the principal of Graduate School College for Women.

A team comprising senior RU officials and officials of the state HRD will leave for New Delhi soon to attend a national UGC meeting scheduled in the first week of April.

“Both RU and HRD officials would carry required documents of the women’s colleges, along with Marwari College (in Ranchi) and Ranchi College, to the meeting for UGC’s final nod,” said principal of Jamshedpur Women’s College Shukla Mohanty.

Once the nod is given, a team from RU would visit the colleges to check on the eligibility criteria. It would then be forwarded to the state HRD again for a final approval. “The process would take at least six to eight months. Moreover, with the kind of facilities and infrastructure that the colleges have here, it only looks doubtful,” said S.S. Razi, the principal of Jamshedpur Workers’ College and co-ordinator of Ranchi University branch office in Jamshedpur.

The grades given by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council to these colleges has also come under the scanner. “On what basis was the accreditation given?” asked a senior college lecturer.

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