29 BRABU colleges may lose UGC funds

September 29, 2014

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Muzaffarpur: At least 29 of the 39 constituent colleges under Muzaffarpur-headquartered B R Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU) are facing the possibility of stoppage of financial assistance worth crores of rupees from University Grants Commission (UGC) and under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan from April next as they have not yet even started the process of acquiring accreditation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which normally takes around one year to complete.

So far only R D S College and M D D M College at Muzaffarpur and M S College at Motihari have got NAAC accreditation. M D D M College has got 2.84 marks, R D S College 2.65 and M S College 2.04, all under "B" category, which would determine the quantum of financial assistance. Accreditation of L S College is in the pipeline as the NAAC's Peer Committee is scheduled to visit and evaluate the college from November 20 to 22 next, according to college principal A N Yadav.

The proctor and spokesman for the university A K Shrivastava claimed on Saturday half a dozen colleges of the university recently submitted letter of intent to NAAC and efforts were on by all other colleges to start the process of accreditation by March next. Simultaneously, the university with 22 postgraduate departments and other wings submitted self-study report a week back. The final phase of accreditation i.e. evaluation by Peer Committee is expected within the next six months, Shrivastava said.

In fact, sources said, the colleges will have to complete three phases. First, they will have to issue letter of intent to NAAC to make it clear they are ready for evaluation. Second, they will prepare institutional eligibility for quality assessment and finally they will submit self-assessment report and then only Peer Committee will visit the colleges concerned. But, in case of university and its PG departments, only first and third phases are required to be completed.

                    NAAC requires information from every college and department about the strength of faculty members, teachers' learning status, facilities to students and status of laboratories and libraries to ascertain the level of academic standards and infrastructure facilities. The crux of the problem lies in the fact that every college of the university is suffering from acute shortage of teachers. In many colleges, some departments are being run without a single teacher. In any case, hardly any department has 50% of required strength. The university has not the right to recruit permanent teachers while the state government has not appointed any teacher for years now.

Now the state government is ready to appoint teachers on ad hoc basis with the provision to pay a maximum of Rs 25,000 per month.


Source: T.O.I.

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