NAAC Must in Academic World: UGC Jt Secy
GUNTUR: University Grants Commission (UGC) joint secretary G Srinivas has urged the colleges to go in for the accreditation of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and added that securing NAAC accreditation will be mandatory for the colleges from the next academic year.
Speaking at the two-day workshop on ‘Preparation of SSR for NAAC Accreditation’ at Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) here Friday, Srinivas said NAAC accreditation would be of great use for the institutions that want to survive and shine in this competitive environment. He also said there was no exemption for government colleges and added that the UGC was focussing more on quality education.
“The managements of colleges should take the issue seriously and see that they should provide quality education to the students by appointing sufficient teaching staff and adequate facilities,” he said and added that the united Andhra Pradesh was lagging behind its neighbouring states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra in getting NAAC accreditation. He said only 337 colleges under 18 universities in the state had obtained NAAC accreditation till date, while 529 in Tamil Nadu, 561 in Karnataka and 1,062 colleges in Maharashtra were accredited by the NAAC. Vice-chancellor of Krishna University V Venkaiah, who was the chief guest, said that every institute must set up an internal quality assurance cell and see that the college should provide quality education and warned that those who failed to offer quality studies would not survive.
The UGC made it clear that all colleges, which have completed six years of their existence, should apply for accreditation. ANU vice-chancellor Prof K Viyyanna Rao, dean, College Development Council and Prof G V Chalam also spoke at the workshop.