Jaipur, 22 Feb, 2020: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) granted first A+ accreditation in Rajasthan to Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ). This singular recognition makes MUJ as the only University in Rajasthan and one of two Private State Universities in India with an A+ rating. This announcement was made by President, MUJ, Prof. G.K. Prabhu. He was addressing a press conference at Jaipur.
He further said that MUJ had applied under the new guidelines of NAAC and received a total score of 3.28 on 4. The assessment was divided into two parts – quantitative which had 70% weightage and a visit by NAAC Peer Team which had 30% weightage. As future benefits of this accreditation, the University may start a new course/programme department/school/centre in disciplines that form a part of its existing academic framework without approval of the UGC. It may start skill courses, consistent with the National Skills Qualification Framework, without approval of the UGC. It shall be free to admit foreign students on merit subject to a maximum of twenty percent, over and above of the strength of their approved domestic students. Similarly, it may also offer courses in the Open and Distance Learning mode.
Pro President, MUJ, Dr. NN Sharma said that this is a momentous occasion for Rajasthan's higher education. In the Curricular Aspects criteria MUJ has received a perfect score of 4.0. This is because MUJ develops its curriculum by involving all stakeholders and ensures that courses taught are focused on employability, entrepreneurship and skill development. The University has conducted a Curriculum Conclave with the involvement of different stakeholders to revise and update the syllabi for all programs.
Director, Quality Assurance, MUJ, Prof. Rajesh Solanki said that MUJ has grown on quality principles. As per the new guidelines of NAAC, assessment has been done quantitatively before this assessment was done only qualitatively. On the criteria of quantitative scoring MUJ has received 3.19 score. Whereas, the NAAC Peer Team that visited the University gave a score of 3.53. With these scores combined, the University received an A+ grade.
Registrar, MUJ, Dr. H Ravishankar Kamath said that the accreditation process has been rigorous. The University has been working on the application for 2 years and has provided records of the past 5 years to NAAC. The University team handled the process meticulously and drafted a good system for it. It is a matter of immense pride that MUJ is Rajasthan’s first University to receive A+ NAAC accreditation.
Director, Admissions, Dr. R.K. Gupta said that A+ accreditation will have a huge impact on the admissions to the University.
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