A National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team is slated to visit Ranchi’s St Xavier’s College to evaluate the academic credibility and infrastructure of the premier educational cradle.
The team led by B.L. Chaudhary, former vice chancellor of Mohanlal Sukhadia University (Udaipur), will be visiting the college for three days beginning Monday. The three-member team also includes J.C. Sharma, professor and chairman of department of geography, Himachal Pradesh University (Shimla) and B. Sampath Kumar, former principal of PSG College, Coimbatore.
“The NAAC team will assess different aspects like faculty, infrastructure, library facilities, teaching-learning method, student support programme, innovative practices et al. It will be interacting with teachers, students, parents as well as some alumni members of the college during its visit,” said Nicholas Tete, principal of St Xavier’s College.
This is the third time a NAAC team is visiting the St Xavier’s College campus. The last time visit was between January 27 and 29 in 2006, when the college had been granted B++ status. The first NACC inspection was in August 1999 when the college had been given a four-star rating.
Tete said last time, the college scored 83 per cent, missing out on a ‘A’ rating by two percentage points.
The college has already put up a poster at its gate welcoming the NACC team. The normally spic and span premises premise have been spruced up further and students have been reportedly practising for a cultural programme that will be presented before the NAAC guests.
Established in 1944, the autonomous college that functions under Ranchi University has now expanded to the campus of Old St John’s School building as well. The college also has a huge ground in front of old St John’s School building where all the motorbikes and bicycles of the students are parked, solving the earlier problem of illegal parking by students along Purulia Road, which often led to traffic congestion there.
It now has new departments like computer application, business administration, mass communication and video production, functional English apart from traditional streams like Arts, Science and Commerce. In all, more than 10,000 students study in the college, which also has an evening section.
Tete said this time, the team will rate the college on a scale of four points. “We hope to perform well and get around 3.5 points,” he said.