Patna, 2 June, TNN: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all Bihar universities to get themselves and their colleges accreditated by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), failing which the UGC could stop grants to them from April 1, 2015. Accordingly, universities and colleges in Bihar have been asked to apply for accreditation by June 1, 2014. None of the 11 state universities have been accreditated by NAAC.
The UGC Regulation of 2012 makes it a mandatory for each university and college to get NAAC gradation for availing UGC grants.
According to a World Bank consultant, M R Kurup, about 100 colleges in Bihar have so far applied for NAAC gradation and 200 colleges in the state have got Letter of Intent (LOI) from the NAAC office. The World Bank has been assisting in development of infrastructure in the universities and colleges in Bihar to improve academic ambience, he said. Workshops, seminars and conferences are being held in most of the state universities to create awareness about the importance of NAAC gradation, he said.
According to him, higher education in Bihar has gone a sea change now. There is now more emphasis on quality teaching and research work is being carried out under the UGC scheme. However, lack of proper infrastructure in most of the constituent colleges and faculty crunch are affecting teaching.
“Grading does not matter in NAAC, but it is important to get accreditation so that UGC funds could flow uninterrupted,” Kurup said. According to him, new concepts like e-learning, e-library, computer skills and other advanced methods have been introduced in most of the universities to keep updated with the recent advancements and researches in different areas.
Kurup, who visited B D College here on Sunday to get first-hand feel about preparations for NAAC gradation of the college, lauded the efforts of the college.