TRICHY: Bharathidasan University made its first decisive step towards obtaining NAAC accreditation in the third cycle by successfully submitting its selfstudy report (SSR). Submission of quantitative data accounts for two-third of the assessment process, for which the university had spent close to a year in preparation.
The university expressed confidence in getting a higher score this time which it requires to get further autonomy. The university is aiming for a score of not less than 3.25 in a four-point scale which is required to offer distance education courses.
But a score above 3.50 would ensure a decent funds flow. Alagappa University, which is the only university to have scored over 3.50, recently received a funding of Rs 100 Crore under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). Explaining the delay in preparation of SSR, Manisankar said NAAC is outsourcing data validation and verification to an independent agency which is mostly mechanical. If the data pertaining to the university doesn’t correlate with the supporting documents, the university may have to give a clarification, he said.
The university would succeed in getting a score of at least above 3.25, said Bharathiar University former vice-chancellor S Sivasubramanian who holds experience in heading various NAAC committees.