NAAC Chairperson resigns to ‘safeguard sanctity of post’
Bhushan Patwardhan, chair of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council NAAC, submitted his resignation on Sunday, a few days after claiming in a letter to the University Grants Commission (UGC) that universities were unfairly obtaining “questionable grades.”
On February 26, after Patwardhan expressed his desire to resign and raised concerns about accreditation procedures, UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar appointed former AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe to the position on March 3.
NAAC is an independent body that is part of the UGC and grades higher education institutions as part of accreditation.
Patwardhan wrote in his resignation letter to Kumar on Sunday that he wanted to “safeguard the sanctity” of the position he had been appointed to in February 2022 and that he had “nothing personal in this matter.”
“In the greater interest of the UGC, NAAC, and Indian higher education system, I hereby resign from the position of Chairman of the Executive Committee, NAAC, Bengaluru with immediate effect, i.e. on Monday, March 6, 2023 afternoon, after carefully reconsidering the entire subject.” In his letter of resignation, Patwardhan stated, “I wish to reiterate that I had nothing personal in this matter. It was an act to safeguard self-respect and the sanctity of the post of Chairman EC and the NAAC.”
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