A file picture of the NAAC team's visit to Jamshedpur Co-operative College in April
Jamshedpur Co-operative College, affiliated to Kolhan University, has received a better grade than its varsity in the recent NAAC (National Accreditation and Assessment Council) accreditation, the results of which were uploaded on the NAAC website on Wednesday.
The NAAC's 15th Standing Meeting of the Standing Committee awarded grade B to Jamshedpur Co-operative College and grade C to Kolhan University, both of which applied for the accreditation for the first time. NAAC grades would be valid for five years.
The NAAC team visited the college between April 5 and April 7 and the varsity between April 25 and April 27 to inspect the teacher-student ratio, quality and number of faculty, infrastructure, accounts, research output, among many other parameters before awarding the accreditation based on which both institutions would get funds from Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (Rusa).
Apart from four grades A, B, C and D, NAAC's revised grading system also comprises a seven-point system known as the cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
Here too, the college has done better than the varsity by getting a 2.36 CGPA. The varsity scored a CGPA of 1.60 above the 1.50 CGPA baseline or grade D, which does not entail an institution of higher learning to a NAAC accreditation.
Now, after the NAAC accreditation, Kolhan University will get up to Rs 20 crore and Jamshedpur Co-operative College Rs 3 crore this financial year of 2016-17.
"I won't call this a bad score keeping in mind we are just a six year-old university," said Kolhan University VC R.P.P. Singh. "There were many recommendations from the NAAC team in terms of infrastructure and we will follow them. We have grants and we are already working to come up with the hostel, staff quarters, library and auditorium. So far, the university has an administrative building, the examination building and PG department."
Admitting that faculty crunch was a major area where they lost points, Singh said that was an area where only the state government could help.
S.S. Razi, principal of Jamshedpur Co-operative College, set up in 1949, expressed his satisfaction over the NAAC ratings but said a lot of things needed to be done.
"We have worked hard but there is more to achieve. The NAAC team has recommended us some courses that we aim to introduce. We expect better grades and CGPA after this five-year term," said Razi.
According to the new rule of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, all colleges should get themselves accredited by NAAC, which would enable them to receive grants under the centrally sponsored Rusa.
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