Accreditation to colleges: NAAC to give more thrust on quality aspects


Besides availability of infrastructure in universities and colleges, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided to give more thrust on qualitative aspects of research and teaching while granting grades for assessment and accreditation of institutions from April 1, 2012.

NAAC is also set to make mandatory its assessment of teachers, students, infrastructure and academic environment in all colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning.

Speaking to mediapersons at the fourth NAAC award ceremony here on Sunday, Goverdhan Mehta, Chairman, Executive Committee, NAAC, said new guidelines drafted by an expert committee were discussed in the last executive committee meeting. The panel had been asked to further fine tune the eligibility criteria for colleges and institutions to seek assessment and accreditation from NAAC.

New model

The new model would give more focus on research and innovation activities taken up by colleges, universities and institutes of higher learning. “So far the focus was only infrastructure in institutions. Under the new model, focus will be on developing multidisciplinary subjects, best teaching practices, and options available to students in colleges and institutions.” Now a majority of colleges offers conventional courses such as B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc., Prof. Mehta said.

Currently, NAAC follows grading model: Grade A (very good), B (good), C (threshold) and D (not accredited). “Besides infrastructure, we will focus on qualitative aspects of research and education in institutions while granting grades from April onwards,” he said.

Currently, assessment and accreditation by NAAC is voluntary and not many colleges and universities have opted for it.

As on November 2011, NAAC has assessed and accredited 167 universities and 4,529 colleges.

Prof. Mehta said the period of validity of the accreditation would be five years.UGC Chairman (Acting) Ved Prakash, Prof. Mehta and NAAC Director H.A. Ranganath presented certificates to representatives of various colleges and universities. As many as 353 delegates from various States participated.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Prakash criticised the western model of rating universities and stressed the need for evolving our own model. Industry-academia linkages, roping in corporate leaders to teach, and promoting private universities would enhance the quality of higher education, he added.

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