NAAC Visit: KU officials hopeful of improved grading

NAAC Visit: KU officials hopeful of improved grading

SRINAGAR: With the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team winding up its three-day inspection of the University of Kashmir (KU) on Saturday, officials are hopeful of an improvement in the varsity’s grading by the body.
The inspection, which began on Thursday, constitutes only 30 percent of the overall evaluation process by the NAAC with the KU having already submitted 70 percent of the parameters including research work to the assessment body, a top university official told Kashmir Reader.
Despite the relatively lesser weightage to the team’s inspection in the overall evaluation, the KU administration had kept “everything open for them”, Registrar KU, Prof Nisar A Mir said.
“We have told the team to go wherever they want to,” Prof Mir added.
He said that the challenging part of the NAAC inspection was that it “can go to any department”.
“We don’t have a control over it and cannot ask them to visit to a specific department,” he added.
Prof Mir said that the team decides to visit a particular department on its own.
While earlier, the visiting NAAC team would systematically inspect every department, Prof Mir said that lately, the members “randomly inspect departments at their own will”.
“It is not known where they will visit on a day. The other day, they also held a meeting with the students, scholars and faculty members. Nobody else was allowed there,” he said.
Prof Mir, however, expressed satisfaction over the NAAC visit.
“Thankfully, wherever the team has gone, all the departments have performed well,” he said.
After winding up the inspection, the visiting NAAC team will share the highlights of the report with the KU employees including the teachers and the non teaching staff, Prof Mir informed.
Prof Mir is hopeful of an improvement in the grading.
“Although the procedure has changed, but we are expecting an improvement in our grading”.
Over speculations that the KU was only vying for funds through an improved grade, the registrar said, “Funds do help, but what is more important is the grading. If we get a better grade, our students will definitely have an edge over other students in terms of fellowships at national and international level”.
While funds were a “routine matter”, Prof Mir said, “What matters more is the reputation of the university at national and international level”.
“Although we have fared better in other rankings, but we expect a better NAAC grading also,” he said.
Dean Academic Affairs KU, Prof Akbar Masood also hoped that the varsity will improve its NAAC grading , which he said, was “directly linked with the funding of different agencies”.