BHUBANESWAR: A National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team comprising academics and University Grants Commission (UGC) officials completed a three-day inspection of Rama Devi Women’s College to evaluate its academic credibility and infrastructure on Friday.
With the college set to become the first Women’s University in the State, it has to first renew its NAAC grade for quality certification. The college’s NAAC grade of A+ had expired in 2012.
The three-member team headed by former Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Calcutta Bharati Ray visited all the departments of the college to take a stock of curricular components like teaching, evaluation, consultancy, support system for students, research and extension activities. The other members of the team were former principal of the Government Medical College, Srinagar, Prof GQ Sofi and Vedamurty AB of Karnataka University.
They assessed whether innovative practices were being followed by the college which is a mandatory component for UGC funds. Teaching quality, students’ performance in both academics and co-curricular activities and college infrastructure were the main areas which were inspected, said Principal of the College Chitrangada Samanta Singhar. The team will submit an assessment report to the Council which will decide whether accreditation of the college should be renewed or not.
In another development, the college administration on Friday submitted a detailed project report on upgradation of the college to university to the Performance Tracking Cell of Higher Education Department. It included reports on nine components including infrastructure requirement, building design and students’ intake. The department will forward the report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Project Approval Board for provision of the sanctioned fund of `18.3 crore for first phase work on the university.