Trichy: A five-member peer team from national accreditation and assessment council (NAAC) began its three-day assessment at Bharathidasan University (BDU), on Tuesday.
Qualitative assessment constitutes 30% of total assessment process of NAAC while the remaining depends on the 110-page self-study report submitted by the university on January 18. Following this, peer team has come for qualitative assessment. Apart from interacting with students and the faculty, the team will inspect various facilities in the university.
Working hard for over a year for NAAC assessment, the university aims A++ grade, which means over 3.51 in 4-point scale. This will ensure greater autonomy and rise in fund flow from various government and non-government agencies. A little over 3.26 is the least that the university will expect in this cycle of NAAC which will enable the university to offer distance education programmes.
As per UGC regulations 2017, institutions with a minimum NAAC score of 3.26 shall only run distance education courses. This left many universities including BDU unfit to run distance education courses.
Having secured 3.16 in the previous cycle, it was marked ineligible to offer the courses which are major revenue sources for the university. “Submission of self-study report (SSR) was the most painstaking process after vice chancellor P Manisankar took charge,” said a senior faculty. Fetching data of the last five years for each of the 40-plus departments with supporting documents wasn’t easy.
Amid the tedious task, NAAC revised the assessment guidelines twice last year, making the process further challenging which attributed to the delay, said another faculty. At one point, the whole process hit a roadblock and then an expert panel was constituted to look after NAAC preparation in October last year. The team was not satisfied with the SSR draft and realised further scope for improvement.