Eight months after the deadline, Bangalore University (BU) is yet to invite National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to assess and accredit the university. The ‘A’ grade accreditation given to Bangalore University for five years ended in September 2013.
According to Bangalore University , the university needs to submit Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) for the last five years before inviting a NAAC team. BU officials said the process is on and they are trying to complete it by the end of June.
Speaking to Express, Dr B C Prabhakar, Director, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of BU said, “Necessary documents are being submitted and we are planning to send the report by the end of June.”
However, the authorities of BU are not ready to put the blame on anyone. They said, “We cannot blame anyone for the delay, as the professors who have been put on the co-ordination work were also given other responsibilities,” said a senior official of BU.
According to the officials, sending reports to NAAC for re-accreditation is not a job that could be handled by non-teaching staff. “To handle NAAC-related work, we need a senior professor because the work is a teacher’s job and not a clerical one,” said an official.
Before Dr Prabhakar took charge as the director, principal of Bangalore University Law College Dr Hanumantha Rayappa and Dr Jeevan Kumar, Chairman, Gandhiyan Studies, handled the responsibility.
As per NAAC norms, there will be a two-year preparation period for a university to submit annual reports after getting accreditation. “The then authorities considered the preparation period liberally and delayed the entire process,” an official said.
The university covers Jnana Bharathi campus, Central College and Kolar PG Centre. Colleges are allowed to apply on their own for accreditation.
BU needs to collect complete information on staff, research work, academic activities and development works. In total they need to prove their overall academic and administrative excellence with the support of the report and documents.