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Varsity push for Naac tag

Muzaffarpur, Dec. 30: The vice-chancellor of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, has urged principals and heads of postgraduate departments to take steps for being evaluated by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made accreditation mandatory for every constituent college and postgraduate departments, failing which the institutions lose grants. UGC-sponsored courses have even stopped at several institutions under the Muzaffarpur university because the panel has stopped awarding the financial grants necessary.

Apprehending further financial stress, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University vice-chancellor Ravi Verma has asked the principals of the constituent colleges and head of postgraduate departments to prepare for evaluation by Naac.

Mohammad Jalal Ahmad, a teacher of Mahila Shilp Kala Bhavan, Muzaffarpur, said: “Remedial coaching courses such as human rights studies and diploma courses in journalism and mass communication introduced in several colleges, including Rameshwar Singh College, Ram Manohar Lohia College and Mahila Shilp Kala Bhavan in Muzaffarpur, at the behest of the UGC have come to an abrupt halt because the grants have stopped.”

Ravi Verma said the UGC would provide grant to institutions for developing their infrastructure and facilities based on evaluation by the Naac. At present, only Ram Dayalu Singh College, Muzaffarpur, and Munshi Singh College, Motihari, have been accredited by the Naac and given B grade.

Verma said: “The constituent colleges and postgraduate departments should get ready for Naac evaluation.”