Bhubaneswar: Utkal University, one of the premier universities in Odisha, has seen a significant drop in its accreditation grade, as per the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The university, which had secured an A+ grade with 3.53 CGPA in the previous cycle of accreditation in 2016, has now been awarded an A grade with 3.16 CGPA in the third cycle of accreditation.
The drop in accreditation grade has raised concerns among academicians about the teaching-learning standards at Utkal University. While the university has been taking various measures to improve its academic performance, the NAAC report indicates that there is still a long way to go.
It is worth noting that NAAC accreditation is a critical benchmark for higher educational institutions in India. It is an autonomous body that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in the country based on various parameters such as teaching-learning, research, infrastructure, governance, and social responsibility.
The drop in accreditation grade is a wake-up call for Utkal University to focus on improving the quality of education and research. It is essential for universities to take into account the feedback provided by accreditation agencies and work towards improving their academic standards.