All educational institutes to get accredited by end of 2022
Bihar continues to show poor record in the ranking of institutions by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), even though all institutions have to get accredited by the end of 2022. The State government has also been asking colleges and universities to get accredited for the last several years, but results have not been as expected.
As per reports of the State higher education council, a total number of NAAC-accredited colleges in Bihar as on December 31, 2020 is 96. Out of these, only six institutes are recognised as A-grade. The number of accredited colleges was 107 last year.
The accreditation of several institutions lapsed in the last one year but many of them did not even submit the Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA) to NAAC prior to expiry of the validity period, which would have allowed institutions to use the grades already provided.
The education minister Dr Ashok Choudhary urged the universities to speed up the accreditation process.
By 2022, NAAC accreditation will be mandatory for all higher education institutes, more so for State universities that strive for grants from the University Service Commission (UGC), Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha ABhiyaan (RUSA) and other national agencies.
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