NAAC accords A+ Grade to Delhi University

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accorded A+ grade to the Delhi University, the IE reported.  The council grading is crucial for funds and grants allotted to varsity by the University Grants Commission (UGC), a varsity official was quoted as saying by the report.

The University got a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.28. The CGPA for A++ accreditation is between 3.51 to 4. As per the official, the council review was held in the last week of October. Last year, the Jawaharlal Nehru University was ranked “A++” in the NAAC review. Before the NAAC team’s visit, the varsity’s mock teams had conducted visits to various departments and checked whether they are adequately prepared for the review.

The administration had also mailed a questionnaire of 103 questions to different department heads in this regard, quoted PTI, the report said.  Does the DU department celebrate national festivals or observe birth and death anniversaries of great Indian personalities, is there a policy in place to check plagiarism, were part of the questionnaire sent by the Delhi University to its departments ahead of the NAAC visit.

The accreditation is as per the Revised Accreditation and Assessment Framework launched by the NAAC in July 2017, which represents an explicit paradigm shift in the accreditation process, making it ICT enabled, objective, transparent, scalable and robust, the DU said in a statement.

Primary Focus

The primary focus of the shift is from qualitative peer judgment to data-based quantitative indicator evaluation with increased objectivity and transparency. These include a combination of online assessment (about 70 per cent) and peer judgment (about 30 per cent), it added. DU has been accredited (First Cycle) with a CGPA 3.28 with A+ Grade, valid for five years from November 30, the statement said.

Self Study Report Submission

The Delhi University had submitted a Self Study Report for the first Cycle of Accreditation to the NAAC, Bangalore as early as February this year. The varsity had incorporated an exhaustive report starting with the introduction section, vision, mission, core values; Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Challenge (SWOC), where it highlights Institutional strength, weakness, opportunity and challenge. In the criteria wise summary, the report had covered circular aspects; teaching-learning and evaluation; research, innovation and extension, infrastructure and learning resources; student support progression; governance, leadership and management; institutional values and best practices; profile of the University, academic information (affiliated institutions to the university), details of teaching as well as non-teaching staff of the university, qualification details of the teaching staff, evaluation report of the departments, number of programs offered year-wise for the last five years; number of students studied for the previous five years; number of courses in all programs year-wise in the previous five years; number of full-time teachers year-wise for the last five years; annual lighting power requirement (in KWH); annual power requirement of the institution and a whole lot of things. For full details, visit du.ac.in/du/uploads/DLUNGN100918.pdf.

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