The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), in the meeting of its 14th standing committee on 29th March, graded two colleges of the varsity. The two colleges, Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC) and Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), underwent visitations by the assessors who specialise in using certain benchmarks in the field of higher education to grade colleges and universities across the country.
The council is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission in 1994 and has its headquarter in Bengaluru. Upon requests by individual colleges and universities, the primary accreditation agency of the country conducts assessments and grades institutions. The agency’s cumulative gradation of institutions is based on parameters like curriculum, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance and student services.
IPCW secured a CGPA of 3.33 (Grade A), the highest in the varsity as of now. ANDC secured the second spot by getting a CGPA of 3.31 (Grade A). These are followed by Gargi College (3.30), St. Stephen’s College (3.21), Jesus and Mary College (3.26), Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (3.16), Ramanujan College (3.06), Shivaji College (3.26), Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce (3.02), Keshav Mahavidyalaya (3.01), Bharati College (2.85), PGDAV (2.74), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (2.63), and Motilal Nehru College (2.60).
ANDC securing the second spot surprised many, since the college is off-campus and doesn’t fall in the category of colleges that are usually given top spots by other assessment agencies, primarily privately owned. It managed to secure the spot because of implementation of many student-friendly programmes, like the establishment of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Centre and Entrepreneur Laboratory. For supporting economically weaker and physically challenged students, the college has numerous remedial programmes on offer.
When asked about the high grade obtained by the college, Dr. Sandeep Kumar Goyal, Assistant Professor of the Department of Commerce said, “The grading is a result of hard work and team effort under the leadership of the Principal, Dr. Savithri Singh. In the past as well, we have been conferred with awards of excellence at the university level. We are committed to work in the direction of innovation driven education.”
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