NAAC rejects bribery charge against MSU Baroda officials and releases marks

A DAY after The Indian Express reported that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has withheld the qualification results of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda based on allegations that its officials had allegedly bribed the team of review, the agency dismissed the charges and decided to publish the ratings.

The NAAC was reported to have received an anonymous complaint that the university had improperly tried to influence members of the peer review team visiting the facility with gold, cash and other favours.

NAAC director SC Sharma confirmed to The Indian Express that a complaint was received after which all stakeholders, including the peer review team and university officials, were asked to respond . The declaration of the results of the qualification process was also suspended, he said.

In response to the news article, the NAAC sent a letter stating that the results were released after the news was published.

“We received responses from the president and members of the peer review team and vice-chancellor of MSU Baroda that there was no incident… the allegations are false, frivolous and baseless,” said the letter issued by Sharma. He further stated that NAAC has decided to declare the result on September 15.

Meanwhile, MSU Baroda’s latest rating saw the institute score A+ from A in the last cycle with considerable overall improvement in its parameters.

Based in Bangalore, NAAC is a government organization that conducts qualitative assessments and rates Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) based on various parameters. An A++ grade or a CGPA score above 3.51 is considered the highest grade.

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