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Universities in Bihar directed to apply for NAAC accreditation

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Varsities directed to apply for NAAC
The Bihar Government has directed all the Universities across the state to apply for NAAC accreditation (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) for availing development grants from the UGC and other funding agencies, at the earliest.

The Universities have been asked to submit their letters of intent (LOI) to the NAAC, latest by the end of August, 2013. Only two universities in the state have submitted their LOI to the NAAC so far. All other universities including Patna University have not been accredited by NAAC.

Moreover, the state government wants only those colleges with good infrastructural facilities to apply for NAAC accreditation. The unit has already selected around 51 colleges for their upgradation as "Centres of excellence" and these colleges would go in for NAAC accreditation in the first phase.

All the necessary funds shall be provided by the government for the overall infrastructural development of these institutions so that they could get a better grade in NAAC accreditation.

Though most of the universities have been awarded 'A grade' and around 37 colleges in Bihar had NAAC accreditation, but many of them have failed to get it renewed after five years (period of validity).

The UGC has hereby notified that, no university or college would be eligible for grants from the Union Government unless accredited by NAAC. In case, if any non-accredited institution is getting grants, the UGC will issue notice and stop the allocation immediately.

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