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14th rank for NBU college

Siliguri, Nov. 25: The academic staff college at North Bengal University that trains teachers and principals has been ranked 14th among 120 such institutions across the country by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, raising the possibility of flow of more grants and participants to the centre.

The NAAC is a Bangalore-based autonomous body under the University Grants Commission to assess and accredit higher education institutions in the country.

An academic staff college trains college and varsity teachers through refresher courses, orientations and principals’ courses, which are mandatory for their career advancement or promotions.

The rank was granted last month after an inspection of a NAAC team at the college for two days in April this year.

“The academic staff college at NBU has been ranked 14th among 120 colleges in the country and the NAAC has informed us of the position through a letter,” said Raghunath Ghosh, the director of the college.

He added that the three-year old college had secured the rank after scoring between 55 per cent and 60 per cent in the assessment made by the NAAC team.

“The college was assessed for the infrastructure, resource persons who teach courses and standard and number of courses held in the past three years. The team had inspected the college and facilities like library, computer labs, classrooms and teaching methods,” said the director of the college.

Ghosh said the rank would enhance the reputation of the college and help it get good funds from the UGC.

“The rank will benefit the college in terms of its reputation. It means that the college will have a better standing among other academic staff colleges and attract participants from across the country. We will also be eligible for getting enhanced and special grants from the UGC,” Ghosh said.