The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given notice to all Bihar universities and their colleges to submit application for National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation by June 1, 2014. If one fails, the UGC could discontinue offering grants to them from April 1, 2015 onwards.
The 2012 UGC Regulation has already made it compulsory for every university and college to get NAAC gradation in order to avail UGC grants for their development.
Banks and Bihar government is putting emphasis on development of infrastructure and higher education in each university of the state and also aim to improve their academic ambience.
Furthermore, to improve higher education, Bihar government is focusing on conducting Workshops, seminars and conferences. Currently, they are being held in most of the universities of Bihar to promote awareness among officials and lecturers regarding the importance of NAAC gradation, told a World Bank consultant Shiva Prakash
According to him, the higher education in Bihar is miserable due to not having proper infrastructure in many colleges. Astonishingly, none of the 11 universities of Bihar have been accredited by NAAC as yet. NAAC accreditation is bleak in the state and it should be promoted more because so that UGC could provide grants to the universities for their betterment.
However, E-learning, e-library, computer skills and other modern teaching methods have been set up in the teaching methodology for most of the universities and also to know the recent progression and researches made in diverse areas of learning.
Prakash added, that proper placement cell in the universities and colleges of Bihar is either missing or does not function properly.
Magadh University, with having a large number of colleges extended in various districts, is also yet to stimulate its colleges for obtaining NAAC accreditation. As except 5 or 6 colleges, others have not registered for NAAC gradation.