Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara has scored A+ grade from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Gujarat’s only English medium university – the MS University – has improved its scoreboard. The publicly-funded university has bagged ‘A+’ grade with 3.43 CGPA from ‘A’ grade that it had received after its last assessment in 2016 and ‘B’ grade in 2010.
NAAC is an autonomous body under the University Grants Commission (UGC) which assesses and accredits all the higher education institutes and universities across the country. The university could have secured A++ if the Gujarat government had recruited permanent teachers at the university campus. Another aspect where MSU scored less is in the teacher-student ratio.
MS University’s officiating registrar KM Chudasama said, “There is an improvement in all the seven parameters which NAAC’s peer team had considered while carrying out the university’s assessment.”
Some of the criterias of accreditation include curriculum, teaching-learning & evaluation, research and innovation, infrastructure and learning, governance, leadership and management, student support etc.
One of the key points NAAC team highlighted was the scholarship worth Rs 5 crore granted to 17,000 students.
Established as a college in 1881, it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country. It was later renamed after its benefactor Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda State. Currently, the university offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral programs.