70 percent colleges in J&K UT yet to come forward for NAAC Accreditation

Uphill task for GDCs in J&K to get 2.5 score in NAAC Accreditation process

VIKAS SHARMA
JAMMU: Of 220 colleges in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, only 30 percent colleges have been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) while 70 percent of the higher education institutes have yet to come forward for NAAC Accreditation.
According to the Provisional Accreditation for Colleges (PAC) Manual issued by NAAC, it is mentioned that as per All India Status of Higher Education (AISHE) 2019-20 annual report data, There are 42,343 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country and since the inception of the NAAC over the past two decades, about 13,800 institutional accreditations have been carried out under different cycles (Cycle 1, Cycle 2, Cycle 3).
All over the country out of 42,343 HEIs only 8,483 HEIs (i.e., 20 percent of the Colleges) have come forward and got accreditation by NAAC. Still, around 33,860 HEIs (i.e 80 percent of the Colleges) are yet to come forward for the Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) process of NAAC.
Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states have maximum 90 percent of colleges which have yet to come forward for NAAC Accreditation followed by Telangana (88 percent), Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh (87 percent), Uttarakhand (86 percent), Chhattisgarh (83 percent), Bihar (81 percent), Daman and Diu and Kerala (80 percent).
To encourage more and more Institutions to come forward for NAAC’s process of A&A and to overcome the concern of accreditation, Provisional Accreditation (PAC) will help all those institutions especially in those States/UTs including J&K to overcome the dismay.
The objective of PAC is to widen the horizon of accreditation adopting quality through accreditation. Further, it will accommodate the Colleges which are not eligible for the Regular (Graded) Accreditation of NAAC besides providing feedback to the applicant colleges regarding specific improvement needed for reaching the threshold level of quality.
According to higher education experts, “Provisional Accreditation is the opportunity to the institutions to get prepared, to be ready and build confidence for undergoing Regular (Graded) Accreditation of NAAC. Essentially, this is a process which ascertains the readiness of the institution towards Assessment and Accreditation”.
“PAC manual data has exposed the tall claims by the government about quality higher education being imparted in the UT. Authorities are more concerned about opening new degree colleges in every nook and corner without adequate infrastructure. In fact, some of the newly established government degree colleges are not having their own buildings and running from rented accommodations, how can they expect to get better grades from NAAC?
The existing colleges are still grappling with staff shortage, infrastructure, then one can imagine the pathetic state of affairs in the newly established colleges. As a result, many of the colleges opted not to apply for NAAC accreditation knowing that it is going to expose the poor standard of higher education”, experts added.