APSCHE Chairman says there is a risk of disaffiliation of a non-accredited college in future

A workshop on “Assessment and Accreditation Methodologies” was organised at Acharya Nagarjuna University stressed the need for accreditation and improving the quality of teaching in colleges.

The Central Government has given a Gazette Notification making it mandatory for all Higher Education Institutions to go for accreditation.

The workshop was organised on Saturday by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE).

The ANU was the first one in the State to submit a proposal to the APSCHE to hold the workshop.

APSCHE Chairman P. Jaya Prakash Rao, in his inaugural address, stressed the need for the accreditation and said that it was the minimum that any college has to do to improve its quality.

Dr. Rao said that colleges already accredited, should take up guiding two non-accredited colleges each and help them in the accreditation process.

He cautioned that there was a risk of disaffiliation of a non- accredited college in the future.

Acharya Nagarjuja University Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.V. Rao, in his presidential remarks, said that the colleges should start the accreditation process and stressed that they should apply for UGC for recognition under 2(f) & 12(b), so that they would be considered for grants by UGC.

He emphasised that UGC recognition and accreditation were linked to each other.

A.V. Dattatreya Rao, the former Coordinator of Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Acharya Nagarjuna University, spoke on the seven criteria of assessment followed by the NAAC, Bangalore.

Former NAAC Coordinator, S.V. University, T.V. Krishna Reddy spoke on the similarities between quality aspects of an industry and Higher Educational Institutions.

K.V.S. Sarma, former director, IQAC, S.V. University, gave an interesting analysis of credits, scores, averaging process to arrive at Cumulative Grade Point.

He suggested concentrating upon on the strong points of the institutions that would lead to a higher CGPA for a better grading.

Registrar, R.R.L. Kantam, Dean, CDC, G.V. Chalam, Dean, Coordinatior, IQAC, K. Ratna Shiela Mani and S. Murali Mohan monitored the phases of the workshop.