Telangana Colleges Ignore NAAC, Call on Government Officials to Conduct Internal Investigation

New Delhi: Colleges in Telangana have ignored the accreditation process of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, NAAC. According to reports, only 11 percent of higher education institutions have been recognized under the NAAC label. The board had conducted a statewide analysis and released the NAAC Accreditation Report of Telangana Colleges in Bangalore on October 26, 2021.

Out of 1,976 colleges in Telangana, only 141 have valid NAAC accreditation. Of the total number of NAAC-marked colleges of higher education, 35 are government-affiliated, 19 are subsidized, and 87 are private or self-funded colleges.

According to the national analysis report, 21% of colleges in Telangana are affiliated with the NAAC.

How assessment is carried out for the National Assessment and Accreditation Board

Higher education institutions are assessed on the basis of teaching, learning, assessment, research and innovation and some other essential aspects. Based on the performance of each aspect, the institute is assigned ratings of A + A, B ++, B +, B, C and D.

The NAAC has asked officials in the state’s higher education department to conduct an internal investigation to find out the reasons for ignoring NAAC accreditation.

“The low percentage of accredited colleges in Telangana is due to various deficiencies, especially in rural areas. Based on the findings of the NAAC, we will try to understand the limits of colleges and universities and work with them accordingly. We have also decided to provide financial assistance to institutions for the preparation of the NAAC document, said R Limbadi, Chairman of TSHE.

There are other states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala that have marked the importance of NAAC accreditation. Telangana State Council of Higher Education, TSCHE, said it is the responsibility of the college leadership to follow the accreditation process. However, the council has yet to release the full report.

Prior to that, NAAC accreditation was voluntary. However, NAAC accreditation is now made mandatory by the central government to receive funds under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan and various other programs.

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