NAAC launches revised accreditation framework

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New Delhi: In its efforts to remain relevant and globally acceptable, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has taken cognisance of the changing trends in higher education, stakeholder perceptions and feedback, besides the avalanche of experience gained from its accreditation exercise involving more than 11,132 institutions [518 universities and 10,614 colleges] till July 2017, which stand in good stead in all its endeavours.

Over the last few months, the NAAC has conducted several rounds of stakeholder interactions, a national workshop and meetings of several working groups for the preparation of the manuals for universities, autonomous colleges and affiliated colleges. The draft framework was pilot tested on select higher education institutions across the country.

A national consultation on the revised accreditation framework was held on 25 April in New Delhi. Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, inaugurated the programme in which eminent academicians and educationists actively participated.

The revised accreditation framework, which became operational in July, is information and communications technology-enabled, objective, transparent, scalable and robust, the government believes. The new framework is a subtle combination of system generated scores with a combination of online evaluation (70%) and Peer evaluation (30%) which would usher in high level of transparency.

The revised framework is more ICT-intensive and outcome-oriented. The current grading pattern of NAAC (A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C, D) will be continued for accreditation. A system of applying minimum qualifiers for achieving a grade has been designed and it will be implemented. For example, universities should score a minimum of 3.01 in Criteria 1, 2 and 3 for achieving a “A” “A+” “A++”grade.

For further details on the process and formats for submission of online institutional information for quality assessment, self-study report, student satisfaction survey, fee structure etc. one may refer to the NAAC website.

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