Varsity’s Academic Staff College ranked 7th among performers

The University of Mumbai, which is usually in the limelight for goof-ups, has something to cheer about. The university's academic staff college (ASC), which trains approximately 700 teachers annually, has been ranked seventh among 13 institutes in the country that has been assessed as a performer by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The remaining 53 academic staff colleges have put up a poor show and have been reviewed as under-performers and non-performers. The review was initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to frame suitable policy guidelines. The ASCs were set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC) across the country to facilitate regular training and upgradation for faculty.

"Considering the crucial role that the ASCs are playing in faculty development in higher educational institutions, a need was felt to review their performance and develop suitable policy guidelines for strengthening them. Subsequently, the MHRD directed NAAC to take up an external review of all the 66 ASCs across the country under UGC. This has resulted in the assessment of all these colleges by a NAAC peer team for the first time since inception. In this, Mumbai University's academic staff college has been placed seventh among 66 ASCs in India," said K Shanthi, director of UGC Academic Staff College, Mumbai University.

No other ASC from Maharashtra features among the 13 performers.

The ASCs provide orientation and in-service training, which all teachers have to undergo for professional upgradation and avail career benefits.

Colleges who have secured 60 points and above have been rated as performers. While Guru Jambheswar University of Science and Technology's ASC (Haryana) has topped the list with a score of 71, University of Mumbai is seventh with a score of 62.

The assessment covered parameters like curricular aspects of the training programmes, innovative practices, delivery and evaluation techniques, governance, infrastructure and facilities.

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