The national accreditation body - National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will be launching a new methodology on April 1, 2012 for grading educational institutions announced its Director Prof H A Ranganath at the recently held 4th NAAC Accreditation Awards.
â€śNAACâ€™s new methodology will be out on April 1. It has come after a gap of five years. Accreditation has become an important aspect in the growth of higher education in India. We at NAAC have worked hard to improve the quality of education,â€ť said Prof Ranganath in his address.
The new methodologyâ€™s work started six months back when a core and external group started framing the details of the process informed Prof Goverdhan Mehta, Chairperson, Executive Committee of NAAC.
â€śThis time NAAC wants to identify intangible qualities in institutions - those that cannot be measured. The number of books in a library, students, faculty - these are measurable. This time, we will look at whether the programmes are gender neutral and how environmentally- friendly the campuses are,â€ť he said.
â€śThe foundation of the new methodology is to inculcate internal quality. We do not want institutions to impress us during our visits. We want them to make a commitment towards quality,â€ť he said.
â€śThe main thrust of the new methodology will be on research. We want to emphasize on the importance of research and innovation in institutions. While in colleges, we want a broader educational experience for students. We have only fine-tuned the grading system, with focus on weightages on aspects such as grants to research faculty and others,â€ť he further added.