JAMMU, MARCH 21: University Grants Commission (UGC) had recently sought information from Universities with regard to NAAC grading, ranking under National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and information about the teaching departments, affiliated colleges, distance education and off site campuses. UGC has released a list of sixty two higher educational institutes comprising of central universities, state universities, private universities and eight colleges to which it has granted full autonomy, based on the standard of excellence maintained by these institutions. The University of Jammu is among the 12 state universities of the country and the only University of the State which has been recognized by the UGC under its new initiative of granting graded autonomy. On being informed about the UGC’s decisions by Prof. R.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Governor N.N. Vohra, who is Chancellor of the University, congratulated the VC and all his colleagues on the well deserved recognition of the good work being done by several departments in this University. This recognition will provide freedom to the University to start new courses, set up new departments, admit foreign students, appoint foreign faculty and establish off campus centre and research parks, without having to approach the University Grants Commission. Further, the University shall also be able to get into academic collaborations with the universities, world over. It will also have autonomy to attract and retain the best faculty by offering a higher incentive package, over and above the sanctioned faculty strength. Its Directorate of Distance Education will now not need to apply separately for recognition from the Distance Education Bureau and will have the choice to offer new courses. It is pertinent to mention that the journey of Quality Assurance and Assessment & Accreditation of the University of Jammu began in 2002, when the University was graded as a Four Star University, as per the system of accreditation prevalent at that time. A Centre for Quality assurance was established in the University of Jammu in 2005 to further institutionalize the process of quality assurance. University of Jammu submitted itself for reaccreditation and reassessment (Cycle II) in 2009 and obtained an A grade with a CGPA 3.17. After its reaccreditation in 2009, the University of Jammu further demonstrated its commitment to quality and excellence by upgrading the Centre for Quality Assurance into a Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance. The University was graded A+ [CGPA 3.51] by NAAC in its third cycle in 2016. The University of Jammu also volunteered to participate in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) introduced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in 2016 and 2017 and was ranked 64th and 63rd respectively, thus figuring in the list of top hundred universities of the country for two consecutive times. University also took the decision of going in for multiple accreditations. The Directorate of Distance Education was recognized by DEC in 2011. Academic Staff College, now known as Human Resource Development Centre was ranked 18th by NAAC in 2012. The School of Biotechnology was awarded an A grade by the DBT, Govt. of India. The programmes of Law Department and The Law School have also been recognized by the Bar Council of India. Though NCTE is not applicable to J&K, yet University of Jammu redesigned and offered its programmes of Teacher Education as per the requirements of NCTE. The Business School attained A++ rank as per the 18th Annual Ranking of B-Schools in India by Business India in 2016.It wasalso rated 5th in terms of Return of Investment in 2017 in a survey conducted by Business Today and has recently attained 5th rank in North-Zone and 21strank across all the B-Schools in India under the Government Institute Category in a survey conducted by HANSA Research. The Department of Economics has been recognized as the Regional Centre for Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University, Tokyo. Based on the NAAC grading, the University is being considered for a special grant under RUSA by MHRD, for upgrading and enriching the M.Sc Physics programme in order to make it comparable with any leading institution at the global level. The grant of autonomy to the University is another major achievement and a feather in the cap of this institution.