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NAAC Bihar rankings: A wake up call for the state’s higher education system

November 18, 2019

The ratings from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ranked Patna College a grade C, with an abysmal CGPA of 1.62. A 156-year old institution, the oldest under Patna University, it was set up in 1863 and boasts of an illustrious alumni list including former West Bengal CM BC Roy, poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, and historian RS Sharma. The college was once known as the ‘Oxford of the East’.

The review of Science College, Patna is due on December 13-14, while Magadh Mahila College, which slipped from A to B grade a few months ago is awaiting another review. PU NAAC coordinator Parimal Khan said the institutions of Bihar are a lot behind that other institutes, “In case of Patna College, the performance was poor on key parameters, viz. curricular aspects, teaching-learning & evaluation, research, innovations & extension, student support & progression,” he said.

The CGPA is calculated based on three categories – the system generated source of the quantitative metrics, scores from the qualitative, critical appraisal by the peer team through an on-site visit and scores obtained on the basis of student satisfaction survey.

These scores are then combined using an automated procedure based on an assessment of seven point-scale, starting with A++, A+ and A, B++, B+ and B, and C. A couple of months ago, PU managed to get B+, which is the highest grade for any state university in Bihar.

BN College and Vanijya Mahavidyalay were debarred due to alleged discrepancies in the self-status report (SSR) and unsatisfactory replies to the explanations sought on their claims by NAAC. However, on request, both institutions have now been given one more chance. Gaya College, founded in 1944 too witnessed a steep fall from grade A to B grade with a CGPA of 2.04.

Source: Hindustan Times

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