Staff Reporter

Colleges that fail to fall in line stand to lose assistance from UGC

Record of Government colleges better in this regardAccreditation may be made a must in the days to come

VIJAYAWADA: It is mandatory for all Government and aided colleges in the State to get accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council before March 31, lest they lose financial assistance from the University Grants Commission.

This was made clear by joint director in the Commissionerate of Collegiate Education D. Vijaya Prasad to principals, coordinators, secretaries and correspondents of Government and aided colleges at a workshop at SRR & CVR Government College here on Saturday.

The message came in the wake of the revelation that only 36 of the 179 aided colleges in the State had been accredited as on date. Government colleges fared better, as 74 of them have already been accredited and 56 are in the process of doing so.

Threat to State

Dr. Prasad told representatives of the colleges, who are drawn from various districts under the Acharya Nagarjuna University area, that there was a possibility of the UGC diverting its grants to States such as Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, where a large number of colleges had been accredited. "For no fault of theirs, students will ultimately lose if it ever happens," he cautioned.

Dr. Prasad said in the days to come, the UGC and the State Government could insist on the NAAC accreditation, if any college applied for offering a few post-graduate courses or some new courses at the undergraduate level.

The State Government too could consider not releasing any grant to the colleges not accredited by the NAAC. In doing so, it would be well within its right, as the NAAC's accreditation meant a certain level of recognition and social elevation for the college.

Talking tough

"As the Government has a responsibility of encouraging quality education, no one can find fault with it if it decides to publicly appeal to students to join only those colleges which are accredited by the NAAC," he reasoned.