Education : State government gives extension to colleges for registration for NAAC accreditation  

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Mumbai: The State government has given an extension for National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) registration before the admission process of the new academic year begins, as per the National Education Policy 2020. Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Chandrakant Patil, informed the Legislative Council about the extension and proposed a scheme to solve obstacles faced by educational institutions in the NAAC assessment process.

Minister Patil emphasized the need for colleges to maintain and increase their quality in the NAAC rating and evaluation process. Despite repeated instructions since 2010, educational institutions have shown indifference towards NAAC registration. Therefore, the government has given instructions to conduct NAAC assessment within the next six months and is providing maximum help and encouragement, including various workshops.

Almost 175 NAAC eligible colleges have been identified as mentors under the scheme (Pari Sparsh Yojana). Through these colleges, five colleges each will be helped for NAAC assessment. Minister Patil assured that no student will be deprived of admission due to NAAC assessment instructions given by the Director of Higher Education Department to colleges. The Maharashtra government aims to improve the quality of education in the state with the effective implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.

175 NAAC accredited colleges have been fixed as mentors who will help other colleges. These colleges can help atleast 5 colleges, said Patil.