The Department of Higher Education has directed all the aided colleges within the jurisdiction of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) to obtain a National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) grade, failing which their grants will be stayed. Earlier, a NAAC grade was not compulsory for colleges.
The directives came in the wake of the University Grants Commission (UGC) issuing new regulations and asking all state governments to get them implemented to improve quality of education.
Both the UGC and State Government provide funds to more than 120 colleges in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed and Osmanabad districts. Despite this, many colleges and institutions within Bamu jurisdiction have not obtained accreditation and re-accreditation. Therefore, the Higher and Technical Education Department has asked all aided colleges and institutions to get a NAAC grade.
Those colleges, which were granted under 2 (f) and 12 (b) by the UGC, will not be given funds if they fail to obtain a NAAC grade.
The director of the Board of College and University Development (BCUD) has directed colleges to comply with the orders immediately and submit a report to the university registrar.