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Delhi University academic council may reconsider its accreditation norms

The next meeting of the Delhi University Academic Council (DUAC) will also have on its agenda a proposal to reconsider its 2004 decision to not allow the National Assessment and Accreditation Council to accredit DU colleges.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | New Delhi |
October 27, 2009 3:11:46 am

The next meeting of the Delhi University Academic Council (DUAC) will also have on its agenda a proposal to reconsider its 2004 decision to not allow the National Assessment and Accreditation Council to accredit DU colleges.

“The NAAC is a national body; if there are problems with it,they should be addressed and changed instead of rejecting the body itself,” DU vice-chancellor Deepak Pental said.

The meeting has not been scheduled yet.

“The DUTA opposes any move to get a college accredited by the NAAC,as we consider the NAAC methodology unscientific. Moreover,there is the Academic Council resolution in force,which prohibits individual colleges from acting on their own,” Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president Aditya Narayan Misra said.

“The UGC is attempting to link grants to accreditation through this process — the better the grade of the college,the more grants it will get. However,it can be argued that worse-off colleges should be given more funds,” Executive Council member Rajib Ray said.

The St Stephen’s College Governing Body,which will meet on October 28,meanwhile,has a proposal on its agenda to allow the college principal to apply for NAAC accreditation.

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