NAAC accreditation for colleges; Maharashtra leads among all states

Mumbai: Recently a report published by of National Assessment and Accreditation has said that Maharashtra is leading among all states in the total number of colleges sought for NAAC accredition. As per the report the Ramnarain Ruia College in Matunga managed to get A+ grade from the NAAC.

Ruia College’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) increased from the earlier 3.65 to 3.70 in the fourth cycle. Of the 452 colleges assessed in the October phase, over 40% are from state, indicating increased awareness among colleges in the state, particularly in Mumbai.

Principal of Ruia College, Suhas Pednekar, said that the college improved its performance in research and skill development programmes in the last five years. When they applied for the accreditation, we were awaiting autonomy. But when the peer team from NAAC visited the college, we had already attained autonomy .The parameters to evaluate autonomous colleges are more rigorous, but we managed to get a good score.

The number of colleges with a CGPA more than 3.5 is also increasing in numbers.

Several engineering colle ges, including KJ Somaiya, Datta Meghe, Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering, have opted for NAAC accreditation for the first time this year. The engineering colleges are required to get an accreditation either from NAAC or the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) established by the All India Council of Technical Education. However, the NBA process is more stringent than NAAC and engineering colleges are now finding the latter as an easy alternative.