Staff Reporter

UGC to release a special fund of Rs. 1 crore to the college

VIJAYAWADA: Maris Stella College in the city has been selected as `College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

It has been reaccredited with an `A' grade by the Bangalore-based National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The UGC will release a special fund of Rs. 1 crore to the college in a phased manner for developing infrastructure and facilities. The amount will be released in three instalments from the current academic year.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, college principal Theresa said that the college would introduce new courses in information and communication technology, set up three multimedia labs and a language lab. A plan to develop a special technical lab to provide access to the students with faculty members of premier educational institutions across the country was at a nascent stage.

Research in women studies, eco-friendly technologies and solar energy technology would be encouraged. Plans were afoot to encourage training in vermiculture and apiculture, she said.

She said that the UGC introduced a new system of conferring CPE to select colleges under its tenth plan.

Maris Stella was one of the four colleges, which were selected from the State, and the only college from the city.

UGC guidelines

"The UGC has prescribed guidelines on how to spend the money released by it. Every year, a team of officials from the UGC will visit the college and assess the progress of works," she said.

Sister Theresa recalled that Maris Stella was the first college in the city, which applied for NAAC accreditation in 1999. As per the norms, the accreditation should be renewed every five years.

Only three colleges in the State were reaccredited with an `A' grade so far, she said.