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Quality and Accreditation

Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) – a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services.

Why Accreditation?

Education plays a vital role in the development of any nation. Therefore, there is a premium on both quantity (increased access) and quality (relevance and excellence of academic programmes offered) of higher education. The NAAC has been set up to facilitate the volunteering institutions to assess their performance vis-a-vis set parameters through introspection and a process that provides space for participation of the institution.

Accreditation facilitates

  •     institution to know its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities through an informed review process.
  •     identification of internal areas of planning and resource allocation
  •     collegiality on the campus.
  •     funding agencies look for objective data for performance funding.
  •     institutions to initiate innovative and modern methods of pedagogy.
  •     new sense of direction and identity for institutions.
  •     the society look for reliable information on quality education offered.
  •     employers look for reliable information on the quality of education offered to the prospective recruits.
  •     intra and inter-institutional interactions.
     

 Eligibility Criteria for Institutions (w.e.f. 1st November 2013)

1) The following types of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are eligible to apply for the process of Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) of NAAC, if they have a record of atleast two batches of students graduated or been in existence for six years, whichever is earlier and fulfill the other conditions or are covered by the other provisions, if any, mentioned below :

     a) Universities (Central/State/Private/Deemed-to-be) and Institutions of National Importance

    Provided further that the duly established campuses within the country, if any, shall be treated as part of the universities / Institutions of National Importance for the A&A process
    NAAC will not undertake the accreditation of off-shore campuses

     b) Colleges(i.e., colleges/institutions affiliated to, or constituent of, or recognized by universities, including autonomous colleges)

    Provided Teacher Education / Physical Education colleges shall have a standing of atleast three years..
    However, colleges/institutions offering programmes recognized by Statutory Professional Regulatory Councils concerned as equivalent to a degree programme of a university shall also be eligible for A&A even if such colleges/institutions are not affiliated to a university.

2) Any other HEIs at the discretion of NAAC.

Note: The NAAC accreditation does not cover distance education units of HEIs.