KU gears up for 2024 NAAC re-accreditation
Srinagar: Vice-Chancellor (VC) University of Kashmir, Prof Nilofer Khan on Thursday said that working towards improving the Varsity’s ranking in the next assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was among her administration’s foremost priorities.
Addressing the inaugural session of a one-day workshop for Nodal Officers of the Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA), Prof Nilofer Khan who was the Chief Guest at the occasion said the varsity’s next NAAC re-accreditation was due in 2024.
“It is our collective responsibility to see that the University improves in its ranking to make a greater mark on the country’s academic landscape,” she said.
She said our focus should be to improve from A+ to A++.
“Our accreditation largely depends on the data that is provided by nodal officers to DIQA. We have to ensure that this data is submitted in time and is also accurate. The role of nodal officers is therefore important,” she said.
She said the University was already on a job to plug a few “grey areas” that impede the University’s ranking in NAAC and NIRF with appropriate interventions and active cooperation of all concerned stakeholders.
She assured her administration’s full support to DIQA and called for avoiding any mismatch or duplication of data submitted to the ranking agencies in the larger interest of the institution’s image and standing.
Prof Nilofer also had a preview of the new online ‘common format’ for data submission prepared jointly by DIQA and the Directorate of IT and SS.
Registrar KU, Dr Nisar A Mir in his address said it was important for all stakeholders to be careful regarding submission of data as the same concerns the institution’s credibility and reputation.
“I hope that the difficulties, if any, faced by nodal officers previously with regard to data submission would be overcome with the introduction of the modified common format portal,” he said.
Director DIQA Prof Manzoor A Shah said the University was at a “critical juncture” transitioning to a new cycle of NAAC assessment.
“It is imperative that we prepare ourselves to meet the new challenges well in advance to achieve the desired goals,” he said.
Deputy Director DIQA Showket Shafi gave the introductory remarks about the workshop while Wasim Hussain presented a vote of thanks.
Er Asim Banday introduced the modified version of the ‘Common Format’.
Later, certificates of participation were distributed by Director DIQA and Director IT and SS Dr Maroof Qadri among the nodal officers.