It was noticed that the University of Mumbai has not been able to get the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation. Out of 791 colleges, only 273 colleges have NAAC accreditation. This shows the falling standards of Mumbai University.
The University of Mumbai is the second largest state university in India. The university got the NAAC accreditation in 2012 and it expired in April 2017. It still has to apply for NAAC accreditation.
What is the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC)?
NAAC is defined as the organization that assesses and accredits higher education Institutions in India. It is funded by the University Grants Commission of Government of India headquartered in Bangalore.
It was established in 1994. The purpose of the organization is to address the issues of deterioration in the quality of education.
There is a criterion for assessment that includes curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research consultancy and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, and organization and management.
It has been noticed that only two out of every five colleges have a NAAC grade.
There are eleven non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra, only 29% have a NAAC grade. Out of 4000 colleges in the state, Only 352 colleges have ‘A’ grade.
It was reported that Mumbai University had no benefits under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) from the Rs. 340-crore aid approved.
The state government is trying to push the policies to double the number of colleges with NAAC accreditation. By the end of 2024, the state government wants the higher and technical education department to have 2763 colleges in the state with NAAC score.
“We will hold workshops to create awareness and to guide the affiliated colleges on the new NAAC manual. We are inviting senior NAAC officials to guide colleges”, says Leeladhar Bansod, Deputy registrar of Mumbai University.
What are the benefits for the students if the college is NAAC approved?
1. Exchange programs: There is a high possibility of a tie-up with a university abroad if the college is NAAC accredited. There is a chance of incoming exchanges or foreign students. It will help to build a culturally diverse environment in college.
2. Further studies: While you are applying for colleges abroad, they look for the grading or rank of your college. It is done for the better understanding of your performance as a student. The better the accreditation, the higher are your chances of getting a college abroad.
3. Placements: many companies during their recruitment programs only look for a college with ‘A’ grade NAAC score. NAAC accreditation increases the number of companies coming to a campus. This increases the chances of high career opportunities for the students on campus.
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