Only one out of 16 private universities in Himachal NAAC-approved


SHIMLA: The state has a dream to be an education hub but only one out of 16 private universities has got the mandatory assessment and accreditation from NAAC as per statutory regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

As per Section 4.1 of the UGC (mandatory assessment and accreditation) Rules 2002, “It will be mandatory for every higher education institution to get accredited after two batches are passed out or six years, whichever is earlier” but only JayPee University of Information Technology in Solan district has got the accreditation from NAAC, Bangalore, while the case of Chitkara University is at an advanced stage.

Taking cognizance of the fact that most universities have not got the NAAC accreditation, the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) has taken a major initiative to improve the standards of education and asked the private universities to get accredited by NAAC.

The regulatory commission has told nine universities, whose accreditation is due, to take action and inform the commission and the government.

There are nine universities where in two batches have passed out or have completed six years but not got NAAC accreditation and some universities have not even applied for it.

The Chairman, Regulatory Commission, has sent letters to Eternal University, Baru Sahib (Sirmaur), Bahra University, Kiarighat (Solan), Baddi University of Emerging Sciences (Solan), Arni University, Kathgarh (Kangra), Shoolni University of Biotechnology and Management Science (Solan), Indus International University, Haroli (Una), Maharshi Markandeshwar University, Kumarhatti (Solan), Sri Sai University, Palampur (Kangra) and Manav Bharti University, Sultanpur (Solan) and sought the compliance.

Source:Tribune News Service

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