National Assessment and Accreditation Committee (NAAC) has recommended immediate recruitment of teachers in universities and colleges in Maharashtra. It has also suggested promotion of research and innovative projects by the students.
The important suggestions are with the background that Maharashra Government has banned recruitment of teachers. The ban was relaxed to some extent later. However, a large number of universities and colleges are compelled to carry out academic work with the help of teachers on Clock Hour Basis.
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, which is parent university of Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University and Gondwana University, Gadchiroli, has 32 colleges with ‘A’ grade certification by NAAC.
In its report of 2020 NAAC has reported status of various universities and colleges. Amravati University has 17 and Gadchiroli University has two colleges with ‘A’ grade cerfication. Gondwana University, Gadchiroli is comparatively new off-shoot of RTMNU and caters to the education of tribal dominated areas in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts.
Although highest ranked colleges are from Mumbai, Savitribai Phule Pune University is still ahead of Mumbai. Pune has 93 and Mumbai 85 affiliated colleges in ‘A’ grade. Surprisingly only three colleges in entire state have been rated the highest ‘A++’ grade, all affiliated to Pune University.
NAAC has reported that 32 universities and 1711 affiliated colleges in Maharashtra have been accredited by NAAC. Only three universities and 44 colleges in the country have undergone fourth round of assessment by NAAC.
Although All Iindia Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Intian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), started in Nagpur during the last few years have not been assessed, the name of Visvesaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur also appeared in the list of non-accreditaed colleges. VNIT is an important internationally acclaimed institute of India.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and tata Institute of Chemical Technology enjoys the status of best colleges in the state. They are autonomous higher education institutes.
RTMNU retained ‘A’ grade with a paper thin margin. It is at the lowest rung of the ‘A’ grade level under the NAAC norms.
NAAC has also reported that 364 universities and 8166 colleges have undergone first cycle of NAAC. In cycle-II 166 universities and 3535 colleges and 76 universities and 1056 colleges in cycle-III have been assessed and accredited.