Principal cites ‘tougher’ evaluation criteria
SRINAGAR: In an apparent demotion, Government College for Women, M A Road Srinagar has been awarded grade B + by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)-a notch lower than the Grade A the institution had so far.
The college administration is however content with the score given the relatively “tougher criteria” of evaluation by the accreditation body lately.
In the grade sheet of the institution uploaded online by the NAAC, Women’s College MA Road has scored an overall institutional CGPA of 2.69 on a scale of 7.
Reflective of the lack of research at the institution, the college has scored lowest in terms of the Research, Innovation and Extension parameter wherein it has secured only 1.96 grade points.
At 1.98 grade points, the college has scored second lowest on the count of Student Support and Progression.
For Curricular Aspects, Teaching Learning and Evaluation, Infrastructure and Learning Resources, Governance Leadership and Management, and Institutional Values and Best Practices, the college has scored 3.25, 2.76, 2.97, 3.2 and 2.75 grade points respectively.
The NAAC peer team had visited the Women’s College on June 11 and 12 and evaluated the institution effective from 2017- the year its accreditation expired.
Despite the college coming down on the grading scale from Grade A to B+, Principal Government Women’s College MA Road, Prof Yasmeen Ashai denied that the college had been demoted by the NAAC.
Prof Ashai said that the NAAC had lately adopted “tougher” criteria for evaluating institutes to grade them.
“There is nothing like demotion. It is a different criterion now,” she added.
Unlike the past criteria for evaluation, Prof Ashai said that the weightage for the NAAC peer team visit to institutions had shrunk to only 30 percent and it was “only the validation of what the institution has already sent to the NAAC as SSR (Self Study Report)”.
Seventy percent of the evaluation weightage, she said, was lately given to quantitative matrices.
“It is already predetermined by the computer,” Prof Ashai remarked.
She instead said that the Women’s College was the only one among the colleges in the state to have registered a “better” score.
“Given the new criterion, Grade B+ is a great thing. Ours is the only college in the state to get B+. Jammu Parade, despite being an autonomous college, has got Grade B. All other colleges have either got Grade B or C,” she said.
Prof Ashai lamented that the college had been unable to introduce new subjects, PG programmes and integrated programmes.
She also rued dearth of research at the institution.
“We have 129 faculty members. Each one of them should have been engaged in research work, which however is not the case,” she acknowledged.
“Definitely we need to improve. We cannot be complacent”.