In addition, a team of three members of the University Grants Commission (UGC) is also scheduled to visit the College for inspection and grant autonomous status to the College. The UGC team did not however give a precise date for its visit but should come in the coming months.
“The visit was scheduled for earlier in April but was delayed due to COVID-19. Now the UGC team is likely to visit the college in the coming months, ”said GDC Baramulla Director Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad Lone. Great Cashmere.
“But the NAAC team will be coming September 15-16 of this year for their two-day college inspection to renew the NAAC scoring,” he said.
Notably, GDC Baramulla’s last NAAC inspection was carried out in 2015 and the institution received an “A” rating. This year, the college will get a new rating from the NAAC.
The NAAC ranking will be awarded to the College based on academic achievement as well as infrastructure standards. In addition, research work and exchange programs will also be considered when assessing the College for the NAAC ranking.
The NAAC is an autonomous body funded by UGC that assesses and accredits higher education institutions, colleges and universities in India.
An accredited college means that it has achieved certain standards of excellence in all of its operations. In addition to making an educational institution eligible for Union government grants, there are major benefits for students if a college has accreditation.
For this reason, GDC Baramulla has also maintained good standards in terms of universities and infrastructure upgrades.
“In 2015, we only offered PG courses in one subject, but now the college offers PG admissions in three subjects,” said Professor Lone. In addition to PG mathematics, the college offers PG courses in psychology and MCA.
The college has also converted all classrooms to digital or smart classrooms and the number of students has also increased from 2015 to 2020, he said.
“We have also introduced five new subjects at the undergraduate level for our students,” he said.
The newly introduced subjects are bioinformatics, clinical biochemistry, anthropology, social work and Islamic studies.
“We have also built two large seminar rooms to organize different workshops and seminars for students and teachers,” he said. It is important to note that GDC Baramulla has an active alumni association known as Association of Alumni of Varmul College ‘. The college is connected to EDUSAT on the national beam maintained by ISRO and EDUSAT as well.
The college has also achieved the status of College of Potential Excellence (CPE) by the UGC in 2015. Being a CPE, the college obtains special scholarships from the UGC.
“Since 2015, we have received grants worth Rs 105 crore under the UGC CPE. In addition, we are also eligible for RUSA grants, ”said Prof. Mushtaq Lone.
Notably, under the new UGC rules, only NAAC-accredited colleges receive funding under various components, including infrastructure development, multi-core academic block construction, and other body development programs. professor.
GDC Baramulla is one of the oldest colleges of J&K, founded by Catholic missionaries from Baramulla, Father Ignatius Brower and Reverend Father Simmons in 1905 as an English language school.
It was upgraded to high school in 1913, then gradually to middle school status in 1938 and finally to college grade in 1943.
GDC Baramulla was affiliated with the University of the Punjab in Lahore. It was closed on October 27, 1947 and reopened on June 28, 1954 as an intermediate college, affiliated with the University of Jammu and Kashmir. It was then upgraded to a Degree College in 1956 and was subsequently taken over by the state government on April 1, 1963.