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Top Indian colleges and universities will now share their resources and expertise with higher learning institutes, which have failed to meet quality standards of NAAC (National Assessment Accreditation Council). All the NAAC-aspirant colleges can get mentorship from top universities across the country through Paramarsh Scheme of UGC (University Grants Commission). UGC has released the list of mentor institutions under the scheme of Parmash for mentoring NAAC Accreditation aspirant institutions.
List of Colleges Included in UGC Paramarsh Scheme
The list of colleges/ mentor institutions under the Paramarash scheme are as follows:
Jagarlamudi Kuppuswamy Choundry College
Under the Paramarsh Scheme, the University Grants Commission is now expecting to receive more than 100 applications from colleges to seek a good rank in NAAC. A UGC officer on Monday has said that the colleges who need other higher education institutes as their mentor will have to submit their details to UGC before 2nd November. UGC will then scrutinise the needs of the college as mentioned in the application to assign them a mentor. The official added that the institutes can start working under the guidance of their mentor institutes after 1 month of the application approval by UGC.
UGC Parmarsh: Mentor Institutes to Get Rs.30 Lakh
The 167 mentors institutes picked under the Parmarsh Scheme will receive Rs.30 lakh to plan and to implement a quality improvement plan. UGC approved 167 mentors and 800 mentee institutes.
The official informed that now, it has also been made mandatory to have a NAAC score for the Open Universities operating within the country. The participation of open universities in the scheme will also upgrade the overall quality of education in the country.
The Paramarsh scheme will provide mentor institutes up to 30 lakh for financial assistance. An expert can also be appointed with a fellowship of 31,000 to be paid per month. The expert will supervise and conduct the quality up-gradation process on behalf of the mentor institute.
Speaking about UGC Paramarsh Scheme, one of the top UGC officials indicated that many higher learning institutes are not performing well in NAAC assessment and accreditation process. Eventually, these colleges end up securing a poor grade or disqualify for accreditation. With an aim to ensure that every higher learning institute in India shall get NAAC accreditation with a minimum score of 2.5 out of 4 by 2022, UGC has come with a plan called ‘Paramarsh Scheme’. The new scheme is expected to achieve the target by 2022, he hoped.
Now with the launch of the scheme, The HRD Ministry has announced that the Universities and Institutions that have achieved a NAAC Score of 3.26 or an "A" accreditation will act as the mentor Institutions to colleges with a poor score. Each of the mentor Institutions will now take up 5 colleges and provide them with the needed guidance to improve their grade or rank. The University Grants Commission has laid down eligibility criteria as well as some guidelines that provide the eligible institutions to take UGC grants to promote the ideology.
The official hopefully said that this process will help the mentee institutes not only increase their NAAC grades but in the proximity of the best practices of the mentor institute, the mentees will adopt their high-quality practices in terms of academics and research which will be beneficial to upscale the level of education throughout the country.
The major responsibility of the mentor institutes under UGC Paramarsh Scheme is to mentor mentees in achieving high-quality standards. As a part of this scheme, hundreds of top universities and colleges will be selected to lead, other institutes that failed to achieve NAAC grade.
Apart from UGC Paramarsh Scheme, a proposal that deals with conferring university status for an institute were taken up at the meeting. As per the proposal, a higher educational institute must be in existence for at least 15 years to be conferred with university status. Besides, these varsities must have a higher NAAC score to be eligible for the status.
As per the official statements, the scheme has been put in place to help the mentee institutions to take guidance and knowledge on the ways to improve their quality in terms of the academic performance. It will also be a help for the institutions to learn the key elements such as research, teaching-learning as well as evaluation, institutional practices, the curriculum, etc. Officials have asked the Universities and Institutions who pass the eligibility criteria that has been set for the purpose to send in their proposals to mentor the colleges. Upon receiving the proposals, the UGC will analyse the proposals and accordingly make the decisions. The colleges whose proposals have been accepted, they will be allowed to conduct the mentoring programme in a month's time.
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