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UGC launch PARAMARSH to promote quality education

University Grants Commission (UGC) launched a new scheme as an attempt to promote good learning amongst students of higher education. Paramarsh, a University Grants Commission scheme for mentoring NAAC accreditation aspirant institutions to promote quality assurance in higher education is launched by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank.

Under the Paramarsh scheme, imminent institutions will be mentoring colleges to achieve them high quality standards. It would also be providing financial support to supervisory institutions with an option to appoint an expert.  The scheme main aim is to subjugate a national challenge of improving the quality of Higher Education in India. Services like sharing of knowledge, information and opportunities for research collaboration and faculty development are the major concern areas of Paramarsh scheme for Mentee Institutions.

Hub & Spoke” model
The scheme will run under a Hub & Spoke” model called where mentoring institute would act as a Hub will have the responsibility of guiding the Mentee institution and the mentee institution through the secondary branches the “Spoke” through the facilities delivered to the mentee for self-development. It will have a centralized control over functioning, efficiency, resource utilization to accomplish complete progress of the mentee institution. Each mentor institute will guide five NAAC (National Assessment Accreditation Council) aspirant colleges. The mentor institution will only be the top Indian colleges and universities that have achieved a NAAC Score of 3.26 or an "A" accreditation. They will share their resources and expertise with  learning institutes, which have failed to meet quality standards of NAAC score. They will also be providing proper guidance to these colleges to improve their grade or rank. Initially 71 universities and 391 colleges have NAAC accreditation that will mentor undermine colleges, as per guidelines issued by government in PIB (Press information Bureau).

Importance of NAAC Accreditation
NAAC (National Assessment Accreditation Council) was established in 27 January 2018. It has a mission to evaluate the higher education institute and organization to assure the quality in terms of education, infrastructure, research, teaching & learning etc. Accreditation of NAAC is mandatory for all the institute and organization that aims to provide higher education to students, particularly state universities. Organizations with top NAAC grades such as 'A++', 'A+' and 'A' are most sought-after institutes for higher studies. It help student to choose the best college they want to get admission to shape their career. Also, UGC don’t grant RUSA and financial assistance if the college or institute fails to have accredited from NAAC.

Benefits of NAAC Accreditation for Institutions
·         NAAC accreditation helps learning Institution to have a SWOT analysis and provides an opportunity to improve through an informed review process.
·         It also provides financial assistance to the institute for better development of infrastructure building.
·         NAAC assessment aids educational organizations to initiate pioneering methods of teaching.

·       Being one of the major accreditation agencies of the country, NAAC recommendation is mandatory  for all the higher learning institutes.