University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM)

University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) has been awarded the “A Grade” accreditation rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), officials have said.

USTM spokesperson said that the university, which is only 8-years-old, has been accredited by NAAC, an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country and assesses universities on a 7-point criteria.

Thanking the Meghalaya government for supporting the university in its endeavour, USTM chancellor Mahbubul Hoque said the five years’ assessments are 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.

A USTM statement said Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma congratulated the university for obtaining the NAAC accreditation.

The USTM officials said with only one computer and four students, the private university started its journey and now the institution has a student strength of around 6,000 from all eight Northeast states.

The university’s associate body Education Research and Development Foundation (ERDF), headed by Hoque, has been running two CBSE-affiliated schools, one AICTE-approved engineering college, one law school, one BEd college, one AICTE-approved business school, one women’s college, Pharmacy Council of India-approved two pharmacy colleges in addition to one unit for coaching and guidance centre, and one educational rehabilitation centre.

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