The University of Mumbai has issued a circular to 241 colleges asking them to get their accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) by this academic year or face action. There are 679 colleges affiliated to the university. The NAAC is an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission (UGC),which assess and accredits institutions of higher education in the country.
The circular issued on June 29 says that all affiliated colleges,whether non-government,aided and permanently unaided,have to get their NAAC accreditation or re-accreditation if they wish to continue offering courses.
A list of 241 affiliated colleges,which have completed a minimum of six years of offering courses and have still failed to get the accreditation,is enclosed with the circular.
The criteria was made mandatory by a Gazette of India notification,dated January 19,2013,and colleges were expected to comply with the rule before the start of 2013-14 academic year.
The list comprises colleges offering arts,science,commerce,law,engineering and management programmes.
The courses are mostly Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM),Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS),Bachelor of Financial Markets (BFM),Bachelor of Banking and Insurance (BBI),Bsc-IT.
Further,24 colleges offering B Ed,are yet to get accredited,though they had started offering courses on or before academic year 2006-07. Almost 33 colleges offering various engineering courses are also guilty of not getting accredited.
Some of the well known institutes include Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI),Matunga,Government Law College,Churchgate,Kishinchand Chellaram Law College,Churchgate,Rizvi Education Society’s Rizvi College of Education,Bandra,Rizvi Education Societys College of Architecture,Bandra,Vidyalankar Danyanpeeth Trust College of Bsc-IT,Wadala,Dr Patangrao Kadam Arts and Commerce College,Pen,South Indian Education Societys (SIES) College of Arts,Science & Commerce,Nerul,Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology,Nerul,Datta Meghe College of Engineering,Airoli and K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology,Sion,among others.