Allahabad University has not satisfied with the recent grading of B+++ and has planned to appeal to (NAAC National Assessment and Accreditation Council) for reconsidering the grades awarded to AU.
A five-member team of NAAC visited AU campus for inspection from March 26 – 28, 2019. During their visit, the team separately met the AU vice-chancellor, heads of the departments and deans, former students and employees. They also visited different departments and viewing presentations by them highlighting their achievements and future plans.
After three days of scrutiny, the team members compiled their report and on their recommendation, a grade of B++ was awarded to AU. With this, a 10-year-long wait for a NAAC rating ended at AU. The new grade would be applicable from April 1, 2019, and would be valid for a period of five years till March 31, 2024. The rating was the same, which was awarded to AU in 2003, and it expired in 2008.
Sources inform that varsity administration is not content with the grade awarded by NAAC. “We feel that AU got this grade because varsity was unable to mention some of the best facilities it has in the self-study report (SSR) that were submitted to NAAC”.
As per TOI that AU scored good marks in several of the criterion mentioned by NAAC which sums up to award A or higher grade. “What we missed was only the issue of having less teachers as compared to students because of which the ‘teacher-taught ratio’ (TTR) or the Mentor-mentee ration (MMR) was not in our favour because of which we scored 2.86 marks out of 4, thereby missing 3 or above marks by just 14 marks”, said the source. For instance, AU scored 3.5 marks in curricular aspects and over 3 in leadership best practices and institutional values, he added.
The source further said that although the team members were highly impressed by some of the facilities, which are hard to find in a university system in the country, they were somehow missing in the SSR. “We failed to mention the distinctiveness that AU possesses and the appeal by AU would speak volume on the same with the hope that we would be getting A grade”, said the source to TOI.