The state government’s long-pending project to grade medical and dental colleges will finally take off this year. The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences(MUHS) will grade 346 affiliated colleges, including government and private, on the lines of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to help students make a better choice during admissions.
The ‘impact assessment project’ will cover colleges offering other applied health sciences courses too. Grades from A+ to D will be awarded to medical colleges after an inspection by the MUHS. The inspection of Ayurveda and homeopathy colleges was completed a few months ago. A review of physiotherapy courses is underway. A committee will be formed for inspecting medical colleges too.
The assessment would be in two parts: infrastructure at an institute and the attached hospital (700 marks) and academic parameters (1,000 marks). “The idea is to enhance the quality of education ta medical colleges. It will also help students to make an informed choice during admissions,” said MUHS registrar Kalidas Chavan.