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UGC, MHRD to push central universities for accreditation

In an initiative that could set example for others, the University Grants Commission and Human Resource and Development Ministry will try and urge central universities like Delhi University,
Jawaharlal Nehru University to go for accreditation. The message will be communicated at the conference of
vice-chancellors of central universities (CUs) scheduled on June22, 2012.

As per the agenda note for the conference, the ministry
along with UGC will specifically push eight
central universities – namely Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mizoram University, Visva-
Bharati, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya and Babasaheb
Bhimrao Ambedkar university – as they have never gone for accreditation before.

Accreditation is a process under which an institute is
evaluated on curricular aspects, teaching- learning and evaluation, research,
infrastructure, student support, governance, leadership, management and
innovation.

Presently, National Assessment and Accreditation Council
(NAAC) is authorized to assess all colleges and universities recognized by UGC.

The accreditation Bill aims to change that but it has been
stuck in the Parliament for almost two years now. ‘So till that happens, we
want that at least our central universities to lead by example and get
themselves accredited,’ a senior ministry official said.

According to the agenda note of the conference, out of the
39 central universities, 13 are newly established. Of the remaining 26
institutions, 16 universities have been accredited by NAAC, but the validity of
the accreditation of nine institutions has expired by now.

[Source: MSN]

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