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.
‚ÄúNAAC‚Äôs 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,‚ÄĚ said Prof Ranganath in his address.
The new methodology‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThis 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,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ he further added.