Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 13:
As many as 15 colleges in Odisha have been awarded with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) after assessing their performance vis-a -vis set parameters through inspection at the campuses.
The results were published recently after the fifth meeting of the NAAC Standing Committee, which gave the colleges Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) based on meeting the parameters.
As per the list published by the NAAC, Two colleges have been awarded with ‘A’, 11 with ‘B’ and two others with ‘C’ grade in the 1st, 2nd and subsequent cycle.
The colleges with ‘A’ grade are:
- Ramadevi (Auto) College in Bhubaneswar, CGPA-3.21
- Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology (GIET) in Rayagada, CGPA-3.28
The colleges with ‘B’ grade are:
- Kamakshyanagar College in Dhenkanal, CGPA-2.10
- Brajarajnagar College in Jharsuguda CGPA-2.38
- Choudwar College in Cuttack CGPA-2.06
- Baba Bhairabananda College in Jajpur, CGPA-2.27
- Rayagada (Auto) College in Rayagada, CGPA-2.35
- Kuntala Kumari Sabat Women’s College in Baleswar, CGPA-2.50
- Mahapurus Achyutananda College in Cuttack, CGPA-2.03
- Maharshi College of Natural Law in Bhubaneswar, CGPA-2.04
- RDS Degree College in Mayurbhanj, CGPA-2.02
- Brahmanjharilo College in Cuttack, CGPA-2.11
- Kanpur Anchalika Mahavidyalaya in Cuttack, CGPA-2.14
The colleges with ‘C’ grade are:
- Hindol College in Dhenkanal, CGPA-1.71
- Anchalika Snatak Mahavidyalaya in Mayurbhanj, CGPA-1.59
‘‘We have been awarded with the NAAC accreditation for the first time. With this, we will be eligible to get University Grants Commission (UGC) grant of nearly Rs 1 crore a year. We will improve the infrastructure and ensure that the yearly grant provided by the apex body is utilised properly,’’ Maharshi College Principal Basanta Sahu said.
‘‘We haven’t received any formal intimation regarding NAAC accreditation. We got to know from the NAAC website about this. So we are not in a position to tell how much money will be given by UGC to our college. We would certainly work towards strengthening the infrastructure,’’ Ramadevi College Principal Ms Chitrangada Samantasinghar said.
Notably, colleges are assessed on several parameters, including curricular performance, student-teacher ratio, teaching-learning evaluation, research, infrastructure, learning resources, innovations and best practices for accreditation and re-accreditation.
NAAC rules specify that grades are valid only for five years and expire at the end of that term. The colleges and universities have to re-apply for inspection to receive fresh grading in advance. The institutes whose grades were about to complete the five-year term or were in the last quarter of the fifth year, should submit a letter of intent and a request for re-accreditation.
When an institution undergoes the accreditation process for the first time it is referred to as Cycle 1 and the consecutive five-year periods as Cycles 2 and 3.