The government of Maharashtra ordered an investigation over the failure of the University of Mumbai to apply for re-accreditation from NAAC or National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The information was confirmed by the Legislative Council. NAAC granted ‘A’ grade to the University of Mumbai in 2012 for a period of five years that expired on April 20, 2017. It is the responsibility of the varsity to reapply for the NAAC grade.
In April 2016, an official associated with Mumbai University indicated that the authorities were planning to apply for NAAC accreditation only after the revised norms of NAAC come into force. The administration of varsity did not want NAAC to assess the varsity based on old guidelines. However, the revised rules of NAAC came into force from April 2016 after which the varsity failed to apply for reaccreditation.
Disappointed with the recklessness of the varsity, the state government indicated that it would take action against the officials who are responsible for not securing accreditation for Mumbai University. For this purpose, the state government has ordered an investigation.
Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University clarified that they would apply for NAAC accreditation between November 1 and December 31, 2017. He also argued that there is no provision to apply for the NAAC accreditation prior to its expiry. Therefore, students need not worry about the accreditation, he mentioned. The varsity will then be assessed by NAAC as per the new norms.
NAAC grade is essential for universities and institutes which define the quality status of an institute based on its infrastructure, faculty, evaluation, curriculum and performance.