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Bihar directs all universities to apply for NAAC accreditation

The Bihar government has directed all the universities in
the state to apply for accreditation from the National Assessment and
Accreditation Council (NAAC) at the earliest. The order has been given to varsities
for availing development grants from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and
other funding agencies.

They have been advised to submit their letters of intent
(LOI) to the NAAC latest by the end of the August.

None of the 14 universities have got themselves accredited
by the NAAC. Only two universities, BN Mandal University, Madhepura, and L N
Mithila University, Darbhanga have submitted their LOI to the NAAC, so far. The
remaining universities, including Patna University, are yet to submit their
LOI.

Around 100 colleges from the state have applied for NAAC accreditation;
the state government wants that only colleges having sound infrastructural
facilities should go for it.

The government has selected 51 colleges for their
upgradation as “centres of excellence” and all these colleges would go in for
NAAC accreditation in the first phase, said a senior official of higher
education department.

“Necessary funds would be pumped in by the government for
the overall infrastructural development of these institutions, so that they
could get better grade in NAAC accreditation,” he added, reported Times of
India
.

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