National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has been given three days time by Hon’ble Supreme Court to upload the gradation of universities in the public domain. Earlier the court had asked universities to submit their self-appraisal report to NAAC so that they can be awarded grades accordingly. Thereafter NAAC was given three months time to decide on the issue of accreditation and grades of 121 deemed universities.
As of now Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh informed a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh that the NAAC has considered various aspects including self-appraisal report of these universities and now the need of the hour is that NAAC put the information regarding their gradation on the website. The bench while fixing the batch of petitions for hearing in third week of January next year gave the decision, “Let us know the NAAC grading. If someone is left out and aggrieved, then we will ask Union of India, UGC and the NAAC to look into it.”
Even the apex court last year in the month of October has also asked UGC to physically verify the infrastructure and faculty strength of deemed universities, which were earlier black-listed by a government- appointed committee. For this UGC Counsel said that there is a need to modify the apex court order as the commission cannot go the way P N Tandon Committee categorized the deemed universities.
After the Supreme Court’s direction, UGC last year set up a committee under its vice chairperson H Devaraj to conduct physical verification of seven universities whose deemed category status had come under question
“The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) shall not insist for the compliance of the 2010 regulations. The Universities are directed to submit the self-appraisal report within ten days,” it had then said and made it clear that any decision of the NAAC would be subject to the outcome of a PIL questioning the procedure of granting recognition to such universities.
Further NAAC has given a huge relief to thousands of students, as on Thursday it informed the Supreme Court that it had cleared and graded the 38 deemed universities.