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NAAC to launch new accreditation methodology on April 1st
12 Mar 2012

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.

“NAAC’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,” said Prof Ranganath in his address.

The new methodology’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.

“This 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,” he said.

“The 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,” he said.

“The 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,” he further added.

[Source: IBNLive]

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V. Kamalakar Reddy
02 Dec 2013

Where can we download the New Accreditation Methodology Regulations (April 2013)

DHANWATE S. V.
16 Aug 2013

I understand that accreditation of educational Institute is a measure for its gradation. The criteria for selecting experts need a strong review. Only a few people is involved in the process, no matter whether the person is having a credential for evaluating an Institute or not. There is an urgent need to put stringent restriction on the private Institutions. They can manage everything and are proving such evaluation only a step forward for its counting. The faculty are ill paid (In practice) though the record says otherwise. The payment to the faculty or staff in such Institutes must be through a central agency. This important aspect for imparting quality education can be taken care of needs proper attention. The private Institutes can manipulate everything. Only a satisfied teacher will be able to devote time for the development of education system. There is no scarcity of good scholars in the country, but an ill paid person can not contribute to his potential.
Rgards,

Prof RAJA MUTTHIRULANDI
22 Jul 2013

It is good that NAAC has, after a gap of five years, has come forward to launch new methodology for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions.At present NAAC undertakes assessment of institutions of different subject domains including Law Universities/Colleges. As one who has , for some time, been associated with NAAC for accreditation, I think that it would be wise to have clearly spelt out and separate methodology/criteria for assessing universities/colleges providing Legal Education in India.The measurable and intangible qualities in institutions offering education in Law, will be certainly different from what we look for in General Universities/Colleges.

Aiom Shabong
09 Jul 2013

Assessment of HEIs should compare the percentage secured by the students at the entry level and their subsequent performance at the end of the qualifying examinations. High cut off % intake measures student performance but not HEIs performance.

Arjun Raut
09 Jun 2013

I can say with an element of conviction tht fine-tuning of accreditation methodology to look fof the immesurable qualities in the institutions is indicative of its commitment to institutional responsiveness to uncontrllably changing environment. Probably, there is some sort of realization of dangers of heavier dependence on formalism. Linear growth of personality has resulted in its hollowness, visible everywhere, has in fact beeb troublesome. Quest and embodiment in character of second and third dimensional features of personality is the need of the hour, challenfing though, in view of its defiance of mensuration.

Dr.S.K.Bera
24 Apr 2013

It is too much hypothetical.In rural college it is to harde to meterialized it.

Dr.Nizam Elahi
16 Feb 2013

Whatever rhe new methodology comes into force but there is always a question mark as how to assess the the prevailing practices in the classrooms in true sense?

Mr. Tushar C. Patil
25 Sep 2012

I am very glad to post m y comment here.
I think its an innovative perspective of NAAC of implementing new methodology of accreditation.
The institutions will have an effect with this new methodology.

Mr. Tushar C. Patil
25 Sep 2012

I am very glad to post m y comment here.
I think its an innovative perspective of NAAC of implementing new methodology of accreditation.
The institutions will have an effect with this new methodology.

Dr C P S Chauhan
08 Apr 2012

Dr. S K Sinha has rightly pointed out that private institutions are not only flouting all kinds of norms, but also manipulating flexible and weak rules and regulations to achieve their ill-conceived ends. Most of the educational problems in India have single effective solutions, if we are ready to accept and operate them. A single solution to all problems in private institutions is to ensure full salary to qualified teachers by strict rules and procedures enforced on the institutions. When private managements will have to pay full salaries under compulsion, they will appoint well-qualified teachers. Once qualified and competent teachers are in place, they will set everything right. But, unfortunately our government cannot go for this single reform because most of the private colleges belong to politicians whose major source of income is through cuts in the teachers' salaries. Unless full salary to teachers in private instituions is ensured by strict laws, no other reform can bring any change in the situation.

Dr C P S Chauhan
06 Apr 2012

I agree with Prof (Dr) S K Sinha. He has rightly stated that only a few people are involved in the inspection business of NAAC. In fact, the advisors sitting in the Bangalore office of NAAC have formed their cliques with external people. They are manipulating the whole show. That is why the same people are invited repeatedly. Over the years, it has become an "inspection scam". Here are a few facts about this inspection scam:
1. The NAAC has a panel of 800-900 Academics of which 04 have conducted over 250 inspections.
2. Eight of those who conducted over 425 inspections are from a single state of Kerala; 02 of them are ex-VCs of one university in Kerala.
3. A dozon of inspectors have conducted at least 40 inspections each. A single person from Kerala conducted about 75 inspections by 2010.
4. More than 50% inspectors who have actually conducted inspection have been from only five states of Karnataka, TN, AP, Kerala & Maharashtra.
4. About 230 inspectors (out of 800-900) conducted about 5000 inspection out of total 7000 inspections (more than 70%) conducted by Dec. 2010.

These facts are based on the information provided by NAAC's office, and perhaps, are sufficient to expose the whole story. This 'Inspection Scam' calls for a thorough inquiry by an appropriate body.

Sunitha Mathai
20 Mar 2012

It is really impressive to see that NAAC is coming up with better strategies of measure for higher education. For the tangible measures can anyway be altered but i guess so will also be the intangible measures. I can talk from the scenario of higher education colleges in Bangalore. With the observation made there are more than 75% of the colleges here imparting higher education with no actual objectives rather a money making industry.
I believe creating an intellectually empowered team of faculties by engaging in enriched research development and reducing mundane paper work (documentation) should be emphasized. There should be surprise visits and inspection to have a real picture by the NAAC team rather than being formally invited before the final inspection. This would force colleges to constantly be vigilant of what they do, no doubt it is a noble profession but you invariably find law breakers everywhere.

Dr. R.K.Sah
16 Mar 2012

Now a day most of the students and teachers only looking towards his boss not on nation and moral. so need to be bust up moral-full education and it should be incorporated in their assessment

DR. Mrunalini Fadnavis
14 Mar 2012

New accredatitation policy shpuld focus upon the value system of National Interest and employbality criteria.

krishna
14 Mar 2012

Sir, I am happy to inform that, you are paying higher salaries under ugc 2006 scales. Paying Rs.3000 per day to a lecturer in India is a great. I think it is not but swallowing public money by educated. As per your scales, it is understood that "living in India is a right to employees only". There is a equality in vote. But no equality in living. It is shameful to say, what are the criteria you taken in fixing the scales. Every indian having the right to ask on the public money. please reply to me without any angry. My point is you are ignoring the unemployees. Further, you are hiking retirement age. What is this. I think you are in a opinion to give employment till to death. 58 years is sufficient. Help unemployed youth.

Prof.Koshy Ninan
13 Mar 2012

The council has enough experts offering their services without any remuneration for the accreditation working

Dr. S M KULKARNI
13 Mar 2012

I may comment only after publication of the 'New Methodology'for NAAC. My observation is, we are expert and capable of devising new and effective tools for accessing any system. The same efficiency and vigor is not observed in developing built-in system to improve upon the performance with reference to the National policy. -Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

Prof (Dr) S K Sinha
13 Mar 2012

Dear Sir,
I understand that accreditation of educational Institute is a measure for its gradation. The criteria for selecting experts need a strong review. Only a few people is involved in the process, no matter whether the person is having a credential for evaluating an Institute or not. There is an urgent need to put stringent restriction on the private Institutions. They can manage everything and are proving such evaluation only a step forward for its counting. The faculty are ill paid (In practice) though the record says otherwise. The payment to the faculty or staff in such Institutes must be through a central agency. This important aspect for imparting quality education can be taken care of needs proper attention. The private Institutes can manipulate everything. Only a satisfied teacher will be able to devote time for the development of education system. There is no scarcity of good scholars in the country, but an ill paid person can not contribute to his potential.
Rgards,

Prof (Dr) S K Sinha
13 Mar 2012

Dear Sir,
I understand that accreditation of educational Institute is a measure for its gradation. The criteria for selecting experts need a strong review. Only a few people is involved in the process, no matter whether the person is having a credential for evaluating an Institute or not. There is an urgent need to put stringent restriction on the private Institutions. They can manage everything and are proving such evaluation only a step forward for its counting. The faculty are ill paid (In practice) though the record says otherwise. The payment to the faculty or staff in such Institutes must be through a central agency. This important aspect for imparting quality education can be taken care of needs proper attention. The private Institutes can manipulate everything. Only a satisfied teacher will be able to devote time for the development of education system. There is no scarcity of good scholars in the country, but an ill paid person can not contribute to his potential.
Rgards,

Dr. M. S. Mehta
13 Mar 2012

The step once again seems to be good but there should be sufficient and good strategy so that the impressive people may not get benefitted. All aspects should be covered right from class room teaching to research work and from content of teaching to the methodology.

Supreet Marwaha
13 Mar 2012

it is a great idea but we should not stop grading the institutions on faculty and student basis because quality will enhance only if the faculty is satisfied with the working conditions, their training and development on timely basis is very necessary.

Nupur Dasgupta
13 Mar 2012

For the last two terms NAAC has tightened the quality assessment for universities and colleges, while the UGC regulations have continued to upnotch the requirements for eligibility for young teachers in higher education. However, a review of the list of mandatory qualifications for both NAAC and UGC does not reveal where they measure teaching commitment and the teachers' accountability to the students. I feel that quality of research cannot improve in the coming years unless the existing students are given enough food for thought in the classrooms. I als feel that some sort of mechanism should be devised to calculate teaching quality while assessing eligibility for CAS, NAAc etc.

Arun Chatterjee
13 Mar 2012

I really wish that the entire methodology for accredition, (a) all the forms that have to be filled in by the stake holders of a particular institute, (b) the weightage to be given for each item, (c) the over all assessment method, (d) the types of committee members who will assess each Institute and all the working papers are first uploaded in public website for feedback. While Prof. Mehta and Prof. Ranganath may have worked hard yet they may have a tunnel vision which usually happens and aberrations need to be corrected. There are many outstanding teachers/academicians/researchers who have never ever been taken into confidence or involved in such work, and it is high time they are allowed to contribute before such an exercise is implemented on the ground

Vikram Karve
13 Mar 2012

A good initiative. It is high time NAAC made its accreditation procedure genuine and authentic. Sometimes the accreditation team is taken for a ride by impressive presentations and generous hospitality. Apart from research, the quality of teaching and learning imbibed by the students also must be physically observed and assessed.