Nitish Sharma

Tribune press service

Kurukshetra, September 20

The fact that Kurukshetra University was not included in the list of the top 100 universities (in the university category) in the country of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), increased the concern of the university as National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). ) the filing is due next year.

Currently, the university has an A-plus grade in the NAAC ranking.

The Department of Human Resources and Development annually publishes the NIRF based on scores for five parameters – teaching, learning and resources; research and professional practice; graduation results; awareness and inclusiveness and perception of peers.

The university was in the NIRF ranking band of 100 to 150. Last year it had slipped one spot to 99th position.

Kurukshetra University Teachers Association President Parmesh Kumar said: “The staff shortage has had an impact on the NIRF and if the situation does not improve it could also impact the NAAC scoring. The government should immediately fill the vacant teaching post. Teaching posts under the Self-Funded Scheme (SFS) should be converted in the budget.

A senior KU official said: “This is a matter of concern for the university. The university has 506 budgeted teaching positions and by the end of 2021 around 258 positions will be vacant. The next year is going to be very crucial for the university. There was no recruitment after 2012. We have asked the government to fill the vacant positions as this will improve the research work, the quality of education and the academic activities of the university, which is very important for a grade A university.

Commenting on the NIRF, Dr Brajesh Swahney, Director of Public Relations, KU, said: “The university has faced a staff shortage which has impacted the student-teacher ratio. In addition to that, it also had an impact on research work and the number of doctoral students. As there was no new recruitment, the number of new research papers decreased. The university appealed to the government for the recruitment of teachers. The university will undergo NAAC accreditation next year, for which all preparations have started and with the support of the government, we will improve our NAAC score.

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