Health varsity to bring accreditation for colleges

There are complaints regarding service conditions of staff in self-financing colleges also.

Kochi: The Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) is in the process of implementing an accreditation regime for the 304 different stream colleges under it to bring quality standards for them on the lines of the NAAC accreditation process for the arts and science colleges.

KUHS vice-chancellor Dr M. K. C. Nair told DC on Tuesday that the formalities for the same have been completed and the Governing Council of the university has also approved the same.

"The training for the colleges is being given now in this regard, and we hope to accredit a few colleges in the next six months in the first phase. The colleges will be rated into A, B and C categories," said Dr Nair.

He said that both government and self-financing colleges under the university have to improve on the quality both in terms of infrastructure and services rendered.

"We are receiving a lot of complaints from parents, students and staff regarding poor facilities and service at the colleges, especially regarding self-financing colleges. A major area is the hostel facilities offered to students. We had set up a committee to study it, and it has formulated some minimum standards too. The accreditation process will take care of all these aspects," he said.

Dr Nair said that there are a lot of complaints regarding the approach of teachers to students and also regarding the management of self-financing colleges that impose fines on students for silly reasons. There are complaints regarding service conditions of staff in self-financing colleges also.

"In fact, the number of complaints has increased because the university has become more friendly. We have warned the principals in certain cases while in serious matters we despatch personnel for an inquiry to the colleges and take action based on their report," Dr Nair said.

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