172 Colleges in West Bengal may lose affiliation for NAAC certification

The University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi and HRD Ministry has a made rule that, colleges must have the National Assessment and Accreditation Certification (NAAC), which will be mandatory from 2015.

Around 172 colleges in West Bengal facing the problem of disaffiliation and there will not be fund support from UGC, because these colleges never applied for NAAC certification.

According to ten UGC rules, the colleges which do not have the NAAC certification in the current five-year cycle, they may lose affiliation from UGC.

Out of 460 government-aided colleges, only 288 colleges were accredited at some point of time. Some of these colleges have received ‘C’ grade, which mean, they are not eligible for government fund.

The West Bengal government is offering a financial support of Rs 2 crore to colleges, which have got ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades. This would help the other colleges to apply for NAAC certification.

Currently, out of 288, only 59 colleges are eligible to receive funds from govt. The colleges are;

  • St Xavier’s College
  • Midnapore College
  • Lady Brabourne College
  • Bethune College

Why NAAC certification is needed?

Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) – a College, a University, or any other recognized Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organization, governance, financial well-being and student services.

State higher education officials now want NAAC-rated colleges to submit detailed project reports (DPR) for availing incentives. "We need to know how they will spend the amount," an official said.

List of states which are ahead of West Bengal in NAAC certification;

  • Maharashtra: 1106 colleges
  • Karnataka: 584 colleges
  • Gujarat: 429 colleges
  • Tamil Nadu: 600 colleges
  • Uttar Pradesh: 479 colleges
  • West Bengal: 288 colleges

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