Several colleges without NAAC Accreditation due to Poor Infrastructure

Subodh Bhasin. Dated: 4/9/2019 8:21:37 AM

SUBODH BHASIN Jammu, Apr 8 Buildings, classrooms, laboratories, and equipment- education infrastructure - are crucial elements of learning environments in schools and universities. There is strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates, among other benefits. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir non serious approach adopted by the successive governments resulted into adequate infrastructure in higher education institutes. As a result of this several colleges failed to get their accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is pertinent to mention here that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was established in 1994 as UGC autonomous body. NAAC accreditation for colleges is an integral part of the functioning of higher education institutions in India. NAAC accreditation is mandatory for all the higher learning institutes in India and only NAAC-accredited universities in India are eligible for UGC grants. Moreover NAAC accreditation is mandatory for higher learning institutes, particularly state universities to get UGC grants and financial aid. NAAC accreditation process, grading systems, list of top NAAC grade colleges etc can be checked here. The parameters for accreditation are curriculum designing and planning, curriculum transaction and evaluation, research development and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, organisation and management and innovative practices. As per the reports there are total 304 degree colleges (government and private) in J&K, only 67 institutes had been accredited by NAAC in 2017 and out of the 67 accredited colleges, only 12 got Grade A while 51 had secured Grade B and four had got Grade C. Moreover, of the 46 accredited colleges, including 36 private and 10 government, in the Jammu division, the accreditation period of five private colleges and four government had already expired. “In December 2018, Adviser Khursheed Ahmed Ganai, during the inauguration of a NAAC training workshop for higher educational institutes at GGM Science College, had asked the college principals to work hard to secure accreditation and motivate other colleges to initiate the process of accreditation,” said an official.


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