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Indore: Obtaining top grade from NAAC to get tougher


Indore: Obtaining top accreditation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is going to be tougher for institution of higher learning in the country.

A statutory body of University Grants Commission (UGC) that awards grade to institutions of higher learning in the country, NAAC is revising parameters for assessment and accreditation. In a public notice, NAAC director DP Singh said NAAC has embarked on revising its assessment and accreditation framework. “The revised framework would be more ICT enabled and is expected to come into effect from July, 2017.”

Singh over phone told Free Press that there is a stark difference between parameters considered by the global ranking agencies and NAAC. “Until some parity is established in the parameters, Indian universities’ dream to figure into the list of top-200 coveted universities will remain a distant dream,” said.

Singh said that the role of NAAC has become crucial ever since new regulations for international collaborations have been introduced which enable India universities with Grade A accreditation from NAAC to forge ties with foreign universities.

“In light to that the NAAC is revising its guidelines. The new guidelines could be tougher than the existing ones,” he said. As the revision process has been undertaken, the NAAC has decided not to accept applications from universities and colleges for accreditation on old guidelines.

The NAAC notice states: “As the revision exercise has been under taken, it is decided that receipt of applications for the current assessment and accreditation process will cease from March 31.” “All the letter of intent submitted on or before March 31 will be processed as per the current assessment and accreditation methodology of NAAC. But no applications/LoIs will be accepted after March 31 till further notice,” the notices adds.

Current parameters of assessment

The NAAC assess standards of institutions of higher learning on seven different criterions viz Curricular Aspects; Teaching- Learning and Evaluation; Research, Consultancy and Extension; Infrastructure and Learning Resources; Student Support and Progression; Governance, Leadership and Management and Innovations and Best Practices.

For NAAC, these seven criterions represent the core functions and activities of an institution and broadly focus on the issues which have a direct impact on teaching learning, research, community development and holistic development of students. It has given different weights to each criterion. The total weight is 1000 points.

Only 50 colleges under DAVV is accredited

Though the Central government had made it mandatory for all colleges and universities in the country to obtain grades from NAAC, only 50 colleges out of 280 under Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya have adhered to the norm.

Director college development council at DAVV, Sumant Katiyal confirmed the number saying that the university is going to soon link NAAC accreditation to affiliation. “Only those colleges who obtain accreditation from NAAC will be awarded affiliation. We are making changes in statutes for this,” he added.