HP University gets “A” Grade from NAAC – A surprise for all
SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh University administration is patting its own back after the institute was granted “A” grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). A 13-member team had visited the varsity for inspection in October and assessed the varsity from all aspects for four days from 3 to October 6.
The Vice-Chancellor, AND Bajpai, in a statement, claimed that although he was expecting A+, but is still contented with A. The varsity has received 3.21 out of 4 points, claimed the VC. The chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor are the first to exchange greetings on this triumph. Rest, a lot of boasting about improvement in academic environment and hard work of teaching-non teaching staff is expected to follow. “A” grade will help the varsity to fetch more funds which would is supposed to help in boosting infrastructural development and quality education.
However, like recent declaration that Himachal Pradesh has become India’s first open defecation free Big State, “A” grade is a surprise considering the inadequate facilities, inadequate infrastructure, poor administration, politically charged varsity environment, shortage of teaching staff, indulgence of teachers in student politics, regular violence between student organization, overwhelmingly high fees, and disastrous consequences of poor RUSA implementation.
Importantly, the varsity has implemented RUSA but has not fulfilled requirements like additional infrastructure as well as recruitment of additional 1,500 employees. The students are still troubled by delay in results and half-hazard and incomplete awareness provided to students and teachers by authorities regarding the functioning of RUSA system. It is unknown how the varsity justified this position to the NAAC team.
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The biggest joke was played a couple of months ago when the varsity manipulated the passing percentage defined under the system to enhance the result of first semester of third batch under RUSA. It is a mockery of academic standards that administration is running the varsity like a ‘halwai’ (sweet-vendor, arbitrarily changing rules after post announcement of results.
Prior to that, the friction between student bodies and the administration has led to chaos. One of the student organizations were on a chain-hunger strike for over 150 days for their demands including scrapping of RUSA.
Moreover, armed violence had erupted in varsity ahead of the NAAC visit and continued after its arrival. Teachers were caught carrying weapons in their cars into varsity campus to assist students in assaults and counter-assaults.
There is a long list of such issues that threatened reputation and standards of the varsity. However, the NAAC team found everything satisfactory and considered the varsity worth Grade “A”.