In series of reforms, Educational Institutions, which have shown consistent highest grade performance in the assessment and accreditation exercise, conducted by NAAC, is now set to receive 2 year extension of their accreditation grade.
The executive council of NAAC in its 73rd and 75th meetings held on 12th July, 2016 and 22nd December, 2016 respectively, took the decision to grant decision with immediate effect.
NAAC has decided to grant extension of the validity period of NAAC accreditation from five years to seven years for third cycle for those institutions, which have obtained highest grade for two cycles continuously provided the institution again obtains highest grade in the third cycle also. The same provision will be applicable for the subsequent cycle after the institutions obtains highest grade continuously.
As per the existing rules of NAAC, an Institution is required to apply for re-assessment six months before the expiry of accreditation period and the time for assessment used to be longer and more than often than not cross the validity of accreditation, leaving an unexplained gap. NAAC has taken cognizance of this gap.
As per the UGC (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2012, notified on January 19, 2013, it is mandatory for every higher education institution to get accredited by an accreditation agency after passing out of two batches or six years, whichever is earlier, in accordance with the norms and methodology prescribed by such agencies or the UGC.
It has accordingly decided that in case an institution applies for reaccreditation within the stipulated period of six months before the end of the cycle of accreditation, as per NAAC guidelines, the gap period between two consecutive accreditations will be approved.
It has moved further, to accommodate those, who have not applied according to the guidelines, even to those Institutions, it has decided that period for approval would be one year between the two consecutive accreditation cycles.
I think this is a good step, and it recognises the maturing educational ecosystem of the country. This will also encourage the educational institution to maintain high level of consistency in their quality and delivery, which can only be achieved by improvement on the existing processes.
I still believe 5 years is a longer period for assessment of an educational institution, when the learning, pedagogy and outcome are changing so rapidly but again our country is very vast and to assess all the institutions in shorter period is also not possible, probably NIRF is an answer but it has not received good response.