Thursday, 20 October 2011

NAAC w’shop and orientation prog

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) workshop and orientation programme was held at Public Commerce College Dimapur on Thursday.

Speaking at the workshop, director higher education Nagaland, Chubainla Jamir said accreditation has become a “prestige issue” as almost all the colleges in other parts of the country are accredited and observed colleges in the state were also trying to catch up with the rest in this aspect.

While deliberating on the importance of NAAC she said colleges in the state cannot afford to walk slowly but must start running and compete with others. 

Out of 52 colleges both government and private, only 4 colleges i.e Patkai Christian College, St. Joseph College, Fazl Ali College and NCTE are the accredited colleges in Nagaland.

Keeping this in mind, Jamir appealed to the colleges to be accredited to NAAC as it would prove beneficial for the faculties, students and non-teaching staff.

In her keynote address, joint director higher education Megono Liegise said NAAC was an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country with a vision to make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives. 

Liegise said accreditation has many benefits like helping the institution to know its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities through an informed review, identifying internal areas of planning and resource allocation while providing the society with reliable information on the quality of education offered by the institution  and also enhances collegiality on the campus.

She further said National Accreditation Bill which was under consideration in the Indian Parliament, requires all higher education institutions to get accredited and cautioned that non-accredited colleges would face unpleasant consequences. 

She then advised the colleges to be well prepared and apply for accreditation before any such law comes into force.
She also disclosed that Japfü Christian College, Kigwema completed its NAAC peer team visit while the NAAC peer team is scheduled to visit Kohima Science College in November; while Testso College, Dimapur and Kohima College and PCC has submitted LOI and IEQA to NAAC Bangalore.

Also speaking at the workshop, head of department commerce Nagaland University, Dr. Martina Solo said semester system to be introduced by 2012 would be “student friendly” with fewer burdens for the students.

For a student to get quality education, Solo said teachers play an important role and asked them (teachers) to be sincere and serious in contributing quality education.

Being accredited and staying idle should not be practiced rather the college’s motto should be to progress higher so as to be at par with other colleges in the world, added Solo.

She also said the trademark of every educational institute was the accreditation given by NAAC and urged colleges in the state to excel in every aspect.

Later, presentation on SSR preparation was delivered by academic dean Patkai Christian College (PCC) Dr. R. K. Behera, while student’s view point on importance of NAAC was delivered by B. Daikho, B.Com III year PCC.

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