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Resource persons to assist clinch Naac status

- State plans accreditation for 52 colleges to be developed as centres of excellence

The education department has decided to help colleges get Naac accreditation to enhance quality of higher education in the state.

In the first phase, the education department has decided to help colleges to be developed as centres of excellence in getting Naac accreditation. The department has also appointed resources persons for the purpose.

These persons would help the college administration in getting Naac accreditation.

The team of resource persons would assist the colleges in submission of letter of intent, internal quality assurance and self-study report to National Assessment and Accreditation Council (Naac).

The Naac assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India.

It is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission headquartered in Bangalore.

These resource persons would also submit their reports to the education department periodically.

Self-study report and letter of intent are details about existing academic and infrastructure facilities available, while the letter of intent is for inviting the Naac team.

H.R. Srinivasa, the special secretary, education, said: “The department has identified a few resource persons on Naac. They will provide the necessary technical support to the colleges in the accreditation process.”

He said efforts are being made by the department in getting all institutions under higher education accredited through Naac. “It is mandatory for all colleges, more so for the 52 colleges shortlisted, for being the centres of excellence to get accredited,” he said.

According to education department sources, of 52 colleges, which would be developed as centres of excellence, there are 12 colleges that are Naac-accredited.

Few such colleges are Patna Women’s College, Magadh Mahila College, AN College, Gaya College and others.

Further, around 15 more colleges have applied for Naac accreditation, as they have submitted the letter of intent to Naac. Based on the letters, a Naac team would visit colleges to grade them. Colleges which have applied for Naac grade are Patna College, Patna Science College and others.

However, 25 colleges to be developed as centres of excellence have till now not started the accreditation process, as some are facing difficulties in submission of internal quality assurance and few others need support in preparation of their self-study reports.

Some colleges which have not started the Naac process include College of Arts and Crafts, Sri Arvind Mahila College and others.

Shivesh Ranjan, the officer on special duty at the education department, said: “These resource persons will help the colleges in preparing letter of intent, how to give points in existing infrastructure facilities in colleges, so that the college can get better Naac grades.”

All universities, institutions of higher learning and colleges in the country have to obtain accreditation certificates from NAAC to get funds from the UGC for various academic and research programmes.

The UGC has already made it mandatory for all institutions to submit accreditation certificate of the Naac with a minimum of grade B to get funds under the “colleges with potential excellence” scheme.

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