Staff Reporter

Re-evaluation for accreditation of university

Team members visit various departments

To visit Thrissur centre today

MALAPPURAM: A six-member peer team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) began inspection of the Calicut University on Monday as part of a mandatory re-evaluation for accreditation. Calicut University Vice-Chancellor Anwar Jahan Zuberi welcomed the NAAC team headed by R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University.

After viewing an audio-visual presentation of an overall picture of the university and its facilities and services, the NAAC team split into two and carried out inspection of different teaching departments.

The team comprising Kerma S. Lyngdoh, former pro-vice-chancellor of North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong; Deevi Basavaiah, Professor, School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad; B.K. Sharma, UGC Emeritus Fellow from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; Anant T.C.A. from the Delhi School of Economics; S. Chandrasekhar, special

officer from the Central University of Karnataka; and chairman Prof. Sobti visited the Departments of Russian, History, Sanskrit, Hindi, Arabic, English, Psychology, Education, Folklore, Commerce and Management, Library, West Asian Studies, Mass Communication, Botany, Biotechnology, and Zoology.

“Covering the 35 departments itself is a huge task,” said M.V. Narayanan, English faculty member who guided the NAAC team to different departments.

The team held discussions with the students, parents and alumni of the university. “We have been trying to understand whether this university as an institution has met their aspirations,” said Prof. Sobti.

During an informal chat, the NAAC team members described Calicut University as a goldmine of resources. “The potential of this institution is immense, especially with an environment that can serve as a natural laboratory,” they said. While many other places are being transformed into concrete jungles, Kerala’s rich biodiversity offers Calicut University the best resources any institution of higher learning can hope to get, they said.

Some team members said it was high time that the boundaries of departments and disciplines were removed. “We

should go back to the school days,” they said in a lighter vein, exhorting the academic community to consider growing vertically even when laying stress on horizontal expansion.

Some members of the team will visit the university’s Thrissur centre on Tuesday, while others will inspect such support centres as Botanical Garden, Madhava Observatory, Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC), School of Distance Education, Academic Staff College, and various other departments.

The team will hold separate meetings with the employees and faculty members of the university. There will also be separate meetings with the heads of departments and Principals of colleges affiliated to Calicut University.