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The Times of India |

MUMBAI: Suspense over grades of 38 deemed universities, earlier blacklisted by a government-appointed committee, has ended with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council making them public. Several academicians termed the ratings as shocking after some top institutions got a thumbs-down and little-known universities scored big. In the fresh round of assessment, the highest score – 3.53 or the coveted A Grade -was awarded to Sumadeep Vidyape, Vadodara. It is followed by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, which was graded at 3.35, again an A Grade. Uttarakhand’s Graphic Era University is next with a score of 3.23, an A. Maha rashtra’s Krishna Institute of Medical Science and Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research tied at 3.20, also an A. In all, 17 universities got the top billing, an A Grade, putting them on par with some of the elite universities in the country such as Pune University. Another 20 have been give a B Grade. One, Uttar Pradesh’s Nehru Gram Bharti University, Allahabad, has been graded at C; it scored 1.51.

“It is shocking to note that some prestigious institutes have slipped in the rankings.These scores of Christ University and Jain University (2.63, Grade B) are shocking,” said Mohandas Pai, chairman of the Board of Manipal Global Education. “I feel the government must put out detailed reports of how these scores were achieved by giving categorywise marks so that performance and scores of universities on various counts can be compared. This will lead to transparency,” added Pai. Several other educationists TOI spoke to did not want to be quoted, but said the scores of several universities were surprising. Arun Nigavekar said, “There are seven points that are considered when a university is graded.Detailed point-wise scores must be released.” Acting on a petition filed by advocate Viplav Sharma, the Centre had appointed the Tandon Committee, which later classified all the 122 deemed universities into three types.Forty-four fell in the bottom category and were sought to be derecognized on the grounds that they did not have the mandatory infrastructure and had become “teaching shops”. Later, the court asked these universities to submit their self-assessment report so that NAAC could award them fresh grades. NAAC said the assessment and gradation were done based on the 2012 Regulations of the NAAC and without considering the 2010 UGC Regulations, and as per its assessment, these deemed universities can continue to function.- Courtesy

Blacklisted then, Clean now; Six from TN of 17 Deemed Universities get ‘A’ Grade : The New Indian Express ,   By S Mannar Mannan |   22nd November 2015

COIMBATORE: Seventeen out of the 38 deemed universities in all of India, which were earlier blacklisted by the Tandon Committee, have managed to get ‘A’ grading from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which assessed these institutions based on a Supreme Court order.  Out of the 15 deemed universities from Tamil Nadu which figured on this list, six have managed to get ‘A’ grade. In October 2009, a committee of experts, headed by PN Tandon, reviewed deemed universities and classified those under three categories, firstly 38 deemed universities which justified their continuation, second 44 deemed universities which needed to rectify deficiencies over a three year period and thirdly another 44 deemed universities which the committee felt don’t have the quality to continue the status. In a case pertaining to these deemed universities continuing their status, the Supreme Court in September ordered the NAAC to assess these universities. The NAAC has done its accreditation at its meeting on November 16 and submitted its report to the apex court. Out of the 38 deemed universities, 17 have been accredited by the NAAC with ‘A’ grade and 20 have been given ‘B’ grade and one in Uttar Pradesh was given ‘C’ grade. Among the 15 deemed universities from Tamil Nadu, six have managed to secure ‘A’ grade and the remaining nine have got ‘B’ grade.

Those deemed universities from Tamil Nadu which have got ‘A’ grade, includes Bharathi Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chettinad Academy Research and Education, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences and Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, all from Chennai, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, Srivilliputhur and Noorul Islam Center for Higher Education, Thuckalay. S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean, Sastra University said, “Since the NAAC grading has been submitted, the Tandon Committee is no longer valid and it should be delinked while taking policy decision on higher education. Henceforth, the UGC and MHRD’s policy making must be guided by NAAC scores and should encourage progressive deemed universities and take action against erring institutions public and private together.” – Courtesy


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