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JU takes step to get tech tag

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 Jadavpur University has convened a meeting of the engineering and technology faculty council on the selfassessment report needed for the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) tag. The council will meet on Tuesday, a university official said.

The accrediting agency assesses if engineering institutes are maintaining the standards set by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Many in the faculty attributed the university’s recent slide in the HRD ministry’s national institutional ranking framework partly to the fact that the university is still to get the NBA tag. The university had ranked ninth among engineering institutes in the country in 2017, 12th last year and 14th this year.

The AICTE has advised the university to get the tag. Last year, council chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe had said at a programme in Calcutta that engineering institutes should get the tag in four years or “face funds freeze and eventual closure”.

“The HRD ministry has formed the NBA. So, the absence of its tag must be affecting the university ranking,” a member of the faculty council said. “While feeding data for the ranking framework, the university is not in a position to say it is in the process of seeking the NBA tag because the self-assessment report is still to be prepared.” In December, the universi- ty had asked the engineering departments to say whether they wanted the NBA tag.

Of the 14 departments, mechanical engineering and production engineering have said the tag would “dilute the university’s autonomy” in drawing up the curriculum, engineering dean Chiranjib Bhattacharjee told Metro.

The university has started a common engineering curriculum prepared by the AICTE from last year, which is a must to get the tag.

“The metallurgy and electronics engineering departments have said they don’t want to go for the tag at present. Since the accreditation is programme specific, we would ask the departments to pre- pare the self-assessment report at the earliest so that we can ask the agency to carry out an inspection as part of the process,” Bhattacharjee said.

Abhijit Chakrabarti, a former member of the NBA’s engineering evaluation and accreditation committee and a former vice-chancellor of the university, said the aversion to get the tag would affect the university’s ranking.

“When I was the VC in 2014, there was an attempt to get the tag but the process was stalled midway despite the university preparing the report and paying NBA Rs 80 lakh in assessment fees,” he said. “If a university that is primarily known for engineering education fails to get the tag, the ranking agency is bound to have a negative impression.”

Source: Telegraph India

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