Statewide ‘UGC-Paramarsh’ Workshop Starts at KIIT
Paying back to society has always been the primary focus of KIIT and its Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta. As a part of its continuous efforts of serving the needs of the society at large, KIIT has lent its hands to the ‘UGC-Paramarsh’ program. The objective of the program is to enhance the overall quality of the mentee institutions and mentoring the non-accredited Higher Education Institutions to enable them to get accredited. Being an organization which earned the tag of ‘Institution of Eminence’ (IoE) because of its quality and value system in imparting world-class education, it is obvious that there could not be any better option than KIIT in partnering UGC in this program.
Under the Paramarsh program, KIIT is supposed to mentor five institutions. But carrying on its legacy successfully and the benevolent decision taken by its Founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta to spread the program statewide, KIIT has mentored more than twenty-five colleges and three universities till date. Many organizations have expressed their interest and are waiting on the pipeline. In the meantime, KIIT has successfully organized four workshops which have been attended by more than 200 Principals and IQAC coordinators from colleges of different parts of Odisha. KIIT is also helping the already accredited institutions in improving their grade. Continuing this, on 12th February 2021, KIIT in collaboration with QAC, Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University, Baripada organized a two day workshop, sponsored by NAAC.
Prof. Asoka Kumar Das, Vice-Chairperson, Odisha State Higher Education Council graced the program as the Chief Guest and Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU as the Guest of Honor. Prof. Kishore Kumar Basa, Vice Chancellor, Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University chaired the program and suggested all the participating institutions to strive to get NAAC accreditation.
Prof. Jayanta Kumar Parida, Director, KIIT School of Commerce & Economics and Prof. Ranjan Kumar Bal, Ex-Chairman, P. G. Council, Utkal University conducted the workshop. Coordinator of the KIIT Paramarsh, Prof. Parida, from his experiences of decades of being one of the members of accreditation committees of NAAC, enlightened the audience with various measures that can be taken by the institutions to ensure accreditation. He pointed out some key focus areas like Maintenance of Records, Curriculum Development, Research & Innovation, Extension Activities, ICT Development, etc, on which the institutions should work on. Prof. Parida motivated the participants to go for accreditation with good grades. Speaking to the participants, Prof. Bal highlighted the seven key parameters that the institutions should focus on for NAAC accreditation.
As many as 130 Principals and IQAC coordinators from sixty-four affiliated colleges of Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University participated at the workshop.