The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team recently concluded its inspection of the Osmania University. For this, NAAC pear team assessed the University for three days and the report will now be submitted to the Council. OU published a press release on Sunday stating that the exit meeting between the University officials and the NAAC peer team members ended on a cordial note and the team was positive about the status and growth of the University.
National Assessment and Accreditation Council is a body that access and accredits Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in India. This body is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Government of India. NACC is an autonomous body headquartered at Bengaluru,
The grading system in done on the basis of several parameters such as curricular aspect; teaching – learning and evaluation; research, consultancy and extension; infrastructure and learning resources; governance, leadership and management; innovation and best practices and student support and progression. After evaluating all the above mentioned parameters, the university is granted grade by NAAC. The four grades and their significance are A is for very Good (Accredited), B is for Good (Accredited), C is for Satisfactory (Accredited) and D is for Unsatisfactory (Not Accredited).
Last assessment of the Osmania University was done in the year 2008 and the university was awarded grade A accreditation which was valid till February 2013. During the process, the Peer team of NAAC interacted with the students, teachers and visited all the departments of the University. The team also interacted with the Principals of all of the colleges affiliated to the University. What the University has achieved in last 5 years is also to be analyzed by the NAAC team, as per the rules. NACC accreditation is of immense important as it decides the funding of the University which is done by the UGC and other national level funding agencies.
On the first day of inspection presentation was given by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandran to the NAAC team. As the University was busy with centenary celebrations, it could not apply for the inspection last year. Rumours are rampant that because the University has shrinkage of faculty its grading may get affected, but professors in the University believe that it is not going to affect them as even central universities such as IITs and IIMs have lot of posts vacant.
NAAC accreditation has several benefits such as it helps the University to know where it stands in position to its other universities, it helps universities to know what its strengths and weaknesses are, and the most important of all is the funding which it will receive from the funding agencies.
In the Press release, the University officials said, “The entire University staff was engrossed in preparing for the NAAC visit for the past couple of months and the University environs were also spruced up. University Officials, Deans, Directors and Heads of the Departments heaved a sigh of relief as they have been waiting for NAAC evaluation for nearly four years.” “We have done our best and we look forward to get good graded,” the Press Release added.
OU Vice Chancellor Prof. S. Ramachandram, in a personal message, thanked all the stakeholders for their diligence and preparedness. Prof. Sriram Venkatesh, Director, IQAC expressed his gratitude for the all-round support from the University teaching and non teaching staff, students, alumni and parents.