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Varsity & colleges initiate process for recognition

- 150-year-old institution to send letter seeking assessment to UGC by May 10, others to follow

Patna College, one of the oldest education institutions in east India, has initiated the task of getting national recognition through accreditation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The college, which recently celebrated its sesquicentenary, will soon write a letter of intent to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to get NAAC accreditation, said principal Rash Bihari Prasad Singh.

He added: “We would write the letter by May 10, and then representatives from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council would visit the institution for assessment.”

Sources said the college, which has produced many IAS and IPS officers, has also been listed as one of the 50 colleges by the state government and would be developed as a centre for excellence.

Only two Patna University colleges — Patna Women’s College and Magadh Mahila College — have NAAC accreditation. Both have been given an “A” grade. Two other colleges, BN College and Patna Science College, have allowed their NAAC accreditation to lapse a year back.

Asked why the college had not applied for NAAC accreditation earlier, Singh said: “It is very difficult to say why the former principals had not applied for an accreditation.” He joined as principal around seven months ago.

NAAC accreditations for colleges are mandatory. Sources said there are many benefits of the accreditation. (See graphic)

Besides Patna College, other institutions, too, have started the process of getting NAAC accreditation.

On April 6, Patna University constituted two separate committees for facilitating NAAC accreditation. The college committee headed by Patna Science College principal Arun Kumar Sinha and Magadh Mahila College principal Dolly Sinha would assess the requirements of colleges for their accreditation or re-accreditation.

Another committee chaired by Patna University post graduation statistics department head Amarendra Mishra and economics department head Asha Singh, as member-secretary, would work for the accreditation of the university.

On last Saturday, Singh gave a presentation listing about the seven points under which NAAC accreditation is given.

She said: “The points under which NAAC accreditation is given includes profile of department, curriculum (syllabus) design, teaching-learning process and use of technology, research activities of teachers and others.”

Singh added: “We have asked the respective department heads to prepare a profile. Once all the departments submit the profile, a letter of intent will be prepared and will be submitted to the UGC.”

Patna Science College and BN College have also initiated the process for re-accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.