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Tips for VBU colleges

Vinoba Bhave University is organising a workshop for the principals of its 15 constituent colleges, which are preparing for inspections by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC).

A two-day training programme to be held at the varsity headquarters in Hazaribagh from Wednesday will focus on how to prepare for the NAAC assessment, fill up gaps in terms of basic amenities and infrastructure, compile data and make presentations. Also, the principals will be given tips on how to highlight their strengths and rectify loopholes, if any, for a positive feedback.

A team of represents of the NAAC — an autonomous body that assesses and accredits institutions of higher learning in India — is likely to visit these colleges in November this year.

The accreditation, which is mandatory to obtain funds provided by the University Grants Commission, is given following a detailed evaluation of various aspects like library, laboratory, classroom facilities and teacher-student ratio.

Currently, only four out of the 19 constituent colleges of VBU are the NAAC accredited.

New vice-chancellor Gurdeep Singh, soon after assuming office in the second half of May, directed the 15 colleges, including seven from Dhanbad districts, to apply for the NAAC tag.

The 15 colleges are KB Women’s College-Hazaribagh, Ramgarh College, Chatra College, Giridih College, RK Mahila College-Giridih, Adarsh College-Rajdhanwar, KB College-Berma, BS City College-Bokaro, Chas College, Katras College, Sindri College, SSLNT Women’s College-Dhanbad, PK Roy Memorial College-Dhanbad, RS More College-Govindpur and BSK College-Maithon.

Following the VC’s prod, a committee of the seven Dhanbad-based constituent colleges was constituted last month to expedite the accreditation process.

Principal of PK Roy Memorial College D.K. Verma, who is the chairman of this committee, said, “We are making all necessary preparations from our end for the NAAC inspection.”

Speaking to The Telegraph, VC Gurdeep Singh said, “The proposed training of college principals and representatives will focus on necessary preparation to get NAAC accreditation. This is important to seek aid from UGC for improving the standard of education as well as infrastructure.”