Imphal, Jan 17:
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team from Bengaluru visited Pettigrew College in Meizailung Ukhrul, an affiliated/constituent college, on Tuesday. The team will spend two days assessing the college, including preparing a report and conducting exit meetings.
On the first day of their visit, the peer team, consisting of Dr. Tapan Kumar Sahu, Principal of SD College of Education in Barnala, Punjab, Dr. Vijay Kumar Agrawal, Vice Chancellor of RKDF University in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, and Dr. Tharakeshwar V.B, Professor in the Department of Translation Studies at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, inspected and ensured coverage of 50 percent of the college’s departments.
During their visit, the team interacted with various administrative units of the institution, as well as students, alumni, parents, and other stakeholders. They also visited affiliated/constituent colleges.
The main purpose of the peer team visit is to validate the claims in the SSRs (Self-Study Reports) regarding Qualitative Metrics (QiM).
Meanwhile, Qr Ram Muivah, IAS (Retd), MLA of Ukhrul, hosted lunch for the visiting peer team, college management board, and well-wishers at Megan Hill.
Speaking to the media, MLA Ram stated that most colleges in Manipur have NAAC status, so it is only fair that Pettigrew College, the only government college in Ukhrul and the second oldest college in Manipur, receives its due recognition. He also mentioned that he had informed the NAAC delegate during their interaction that without NAAC accreditation, Ukhrul district would be deprived of B.Ed programs, and without B.Ed, the youths of Ukhrul district would be deprived of teacher recruitment opportunities, as B.Ed is now mandatory to become a teacher.
Ram further stated that Pettigrew College will soon have improved infrastructure, as the Ministry of Minority Affairs has sanctioned 38 crore for the construction of boys’ and girls’ hostels, an administrative block, compound walls, internal roads, a playfield, toilets, etc. Additionally, the North Eastern Council (NEC) has sanctioned 2.5 crore for the construction of a library building, which is almost complete.
It is worth mentioning that Pettigrew College is the second oldest college in the state, established in 1965. Ukhrul district holds an important place in history, as it was the location of one of the first schools in the Manipur hills, which was established in 1896.
Ram added that illustrious alumni such as Maj Bob Khathing, Yangmaso Shaiza, Rishang Keishing, etc., are products of Pettigrew College.