GUWAHATI: The University of Science & Technology Meghalaya (USTM) has been awarded the accreditation rating of “A Grade” by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The eight-year-old university has been accredited by NAAC, an autonomous body established by the UGC to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country and assess universities on a seven-point criterion. This covers key factors such as infrastructure, emphasis on research and innovation, curriculum, and faculty.

The result of the assessment was cleared in the meeting of the Standing Committee of NAAC held on November 3 and will remain valid for the next five years. The highest body of evaluation for the Universities and Colleges in the country held a series of meetings with the vice-chancellor, heads of the departments, deans, and other members of the university. The peer team visited all departments, centres, cells and examined the activities, facilities, and interacted with the faculty, staff, and students, besides examining all records maintained by the university.

Expressing his gratefulness, USTM chancellor Mahbubul Hoque said, “I am very much grateful to the Meghalaya government for standing behind us and continuously supporting us in our endeavours. My sincere thanks go to the entire USTM family, our partners, and special thanks to all the students and their parents. Our vice-chancellor who is a renowned academician in the country has mentored the institution. This five years’ assessments is based on five successful batches of students.”

The NAAC peer team appreciated the best practices of USTM including its Payback Policy and Adoption of Villages, he added.

This is for the first time in the North East and is very rare in the country that a private university has been able to get NAAC “A” rank in its first cycle of assessment.

USTM VC Prof GD Sharma said, “The accreditation of USTM by the NAAC and award of the A grade are a culmination of the collective and institutional contributions of all stakeholders of USTM. As the first private university that was established in the Northeast, we assumed a leadership role in promoting best practices in all aspects of teaching, research and administration.”

“It is a historic moment for the USTM family to be accredited A Grade by NAAC. The visionary leadership of our chancellor Mahbubul Hoque, his commitment and hard work, inspiration, and motivation has been a key force behind this great accomplishment”, said USTM academic registrar Dr AH Barbhuiya.

Congratulating the university, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said: “Congratulations from the Government of Meghalaya to the Chancellor, vice-chancellor, professors, officers, staff, management council members, students and all concerned of the USTM for getting A rating by the NAAC.”

Academic fraternity from across the country and the globe have sent congratulatory messages to USTM for this achievement.

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