NAAC accredits 330 institutions under new system, only 1 gets top A++ grade

In a holdover news, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) on September 16 released its accreditation results of institutions which have been approved by the 17th Standing Committee. The assessment was carried out by the NAAC Standing Committee headed by its Director D P Singh. The NAAC ranking is based on an extensive criterion of evaluation which constitutes curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation research, consultancy and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression governance, leadership and management, innovations and best practices. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India. It is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission of Government of India, headquartered in Bangalore.

NAAC The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) have published the assessment of higher education institutions under its new grading system. The grades are based on the seven-criterion assessment of NAAC peer teams. The criteria are: curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research, consultancy and extension, availability of infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, governance, leadership and management, innovations and best practices.

Of the 330 educational institutions that were assessed under the new system, only one college, from Kerala, managed to get the top ‘A++’ grade by NAAC. Seven institutions received the A+ grade, while 81 of them got the A grade. As many as 55 colleges were graded B++, 64 B+, 89 B and 33 C. In Tamil Nadu, six of the 23 assessed institutions attained the ‘A’ grade.

Earlier, the NAAC granted only four grades, using the letters A, B, C and D with the descriptors ‘very good’, ‘good’, ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’, respectively. Under the new system, higher education institutions will be given A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C and D grades, depending on their Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score.

You can see the full results of grade accreditation by NAAC here.

NAAC is all set to ensure more transparency in assessment of higher education institutions. NAAC has decided to outsource the logistics provided for the peer teams which conduct assessments at higher education institutes. The decision has been taken at NAAC’s Executive Committee meeting on Friday.

This is so because there are allegations that the institutes try to meet the peer team members if they get to know where the team is staying. They also come to know the day of the visit and make arrangements at their campuses. To curb all types of corruption at any level, all necessary measures will be adopted. There are instances where the institutes have bribed peer team members and some provided luxury facilities.

One such example is of earlier this year, when then Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had given a written reply in the Rajya Sabha stating that “Jamia Millia Islamia University Delhi had spent `26.50 lakh to host a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team last year (2015-16).”According to NAAC, there are many instances where institutes extend all sorts of facilities. According to NAAC authorities, from now on, the institutes will not know where the peer team is staying, when it is visiting and other details.

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