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The Rajiv Gandhi University is hosting a three-member team of pre-NAAC from the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Bangalore-based National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for the university’s academic and administrative audit on February 27-28.

It is a mandatory part of preparation towards the upcoming NAAC visit of the lone central university of the State.

The members comprise of vice-chancellor of Bhattadev University in Assam’s Pathsala, Birinchi Kumar Das as chairman, Niranjan Roy of Assam University, Silchar and Ajanta Borgohain Rajkonwar of Dibrugarh University as members.

The NAAC is an organization that assesses and accredits higher education Institutions (HEIs) in India.

It is an autonomous body funded by the UGC.

The NAAC team is visiting all the departments, institutes, cells, branches and centres of RGU to observe the preparedness of the university to face the peer team’s visit in a couple of months.

This time RGU is going for a dual-mode of accreditation covering both regular and distance learning modes, which is first of its kind in entire Northeast.

Interacting with the office bearers of RGU, team chairman Das observed that the university has all the components that need proper showcasing and advised the varsity fraternity to work in that line and create a benchmark to be followed by other universities of the region.

Professor Rajkonwar emphasized on projecting gender-budgeting mechanism.

Prof Roy observed that the university has the potentiality to reach academic heights, be counted amongst the best in the country and urged all to be a part in building the University of Excellence in a scientific manner.

Later, the visiting team formed three sub-committees and visited the faculties of Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Commerce & Management and Languages separately and gave their inputs based on their peer observations.

RGU vice-chancellor Saket Kushwaha expressed optimism that the two-day visit of the audit team will yield expected results benefiting immensely the university to prepare for the NAAC peer team visit within the next three months.

Earlier, RGU pro vice-chancellor Amitava Mitra presented a report on the university, highlighting its vision, objectives and achievements since inception.

To mark the visit, the visitors planted saplings in the university’s NSS Eco-park.

Among others, the deans of various faculties, registrar in-charge Tomo Riba, finance officer in-charge Otem Padung, controller of examinations in-charge Nani Tamang Jose, director of IQAC R C Parida, joint registrar David Pertin, joint director Tsering Megeji, Institute of Distance Education director Ashan Riddi, heads of various departments and directors of institutes and members of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) interacted with the members.

The team will interact with all other stakeholders of the university such as faculty members, officers and officials, research scholars, students, teachers, staffs, alumni association, and parents of the students during their stay on the campus.

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