The Telegraph
Wednesday , December 5 , 2012
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Rating panel raises Net cry

A three-member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) found on Tuesday that computers, given for academic use, were gathering dust at Ram Dayalu Singh College.

The NAAC team asked principal Amrendra Kumar Yadav to provide Internet facility so that students could get regular academic updates.

The constituent college of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, was selected by the NAAC, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC), out of seven institutes suggested by the varsity.

It is not immediately known what will happen to the college’s rating as NAAC would send its report to the UGC but sources said the team was visibly upset taking a look at the computers lying unused.

NAAC team co-ordinator Arun Kumar told The Telegraph that they had visited all departments, classrooms, library, laboratories, vocational centres, health centres and administrative buildings of the college. The team members also met teachers, employees and students.

On Tuesday, they met students separately for a two-hour session. They inquired about the academic curriculum and the quality of teaching at the college.

They also checked the attendance registers of teachers and students — one of the criteria of NAAC gradation. The team visited the college library and checked out the stock of books. They also asked the students to update their knowledge taking the help of the Net.

Arun said the UGC would provide grants from the next financial year according to the grading provided by the NAAC team.

Besides seven constituent colleges, registrar AKP Mishra said, the university had suggested some postgraduate departments for NAAC evaluation. The visiting team members — Prajapati, K.A. Ravisha and Shyamlal Gupta — arrived here on Monday and conducted evaluation of the institute.