Med­i­cal colleges in Maha will get star rat­ings from next year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Musab Qazi [email protected]­dus­tan­

Med­i­cal as­pi­rants may find it eas­ier to choose a col­lege in the next aca­demic year.

In a first, the state gov­ern­ment is set to in­tro­duce a ‘star rat­ing’ sys­tem for state-run med­i­cal colleges, along the lines of the col­lege grad­ing sys­tem em­ployed by the Na­tional As­sess­ment and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (NAAC) and Na­tional Board of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (NBA). While the NAAC is re­spon­si­ble for ac­cred­it­ing tra­di­tional de­gree colleges, the NBA pe­ri­od­i­cally as­sesses tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes. How­ever, there is no body in place to eval­u­ate med­i­cal colleges.

Ac­cord­ing to Prakash Wakode, joint di­rec­tor at the Direc­torate of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (DMER), the state will eval­u­ate the aca­demic per­for­mance of the colleges and ac­cord­ingly con­fer them a cer­tain num­ber of ‘stars’. “Th­ese rat­ings will help stu­dents make an in­formed choice while pick­ing a col­lege. It will also pro­mote com­pe­ti­tion be­tween colleges,” he said.

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