The National Accreditation and Assessment
Council (NAAC) has released the latest ranking statuses of affiliated institutes
across the country, as approved by its 20th standing committee on the 16th of
December this year. However, unlike previous years, it is shocking that not a
single college from the national capital has been featured amongst the toppers.
The 20th standing committee, held on 16th
December, 2016, released its evaluated list of institutes that had been
certified by the governing body. In Delhi and NCR, of the 35 colleges selected
for the survey, the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has
received an outstanding A+ grade. Apart from this, no other college has been
awarded a top grade. Another elite institution, St Stephen's, was awarded the
12th rank in the survey.
The ratings and grades have been awarded to
the institutions based on the status of the quality of education,
infrastructure and a host of other parameters and will be valid for the next 5
years. The National Accreditation and Assessment Council also released the
list of parameters considered to conduct the evaluations. These include important
variables like methods of teaching, learning, examinations and evaluations,
research and consultancy, learning and infrastructure, support offered to
students, leadership, administration and general governance and best practices
and new developments.
Institutions with an average score of 3.74
to 4 are awarded the esteemed A++ grade and it is compulsory that all running
educational institutions apply and go through the evaluation process to be
graded by the NAAC. In Delhi, Shri Ram College of Commerce tallied a total
score of 3.65, followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women (3.61), which was
closely followed by Hindu college with an average score of 3.60. The evaluation
was done as per the mandate by the Delhi University for periodic assessments
and grade revisions.
A St Stephen’ faculty member, Nandita
Narain, opined that though the rankings look low, there is no difference in the
quality education being offered or the quality of student teacher interactions
in the campus. The Principal of Hindu College, Anuja Shrivastava, added that
the NAAC evaluation criteria should be broadened to include extracurricular
activities, student life and reputation of the college amongst the public.