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NAAC, has decided to review and revise its existing processes, methodology, criteria, key aspects, indicators, weightages, grading system and guidelines etc., leading to accreditation of an educational Institution and has therefore sought feedback from stakeholders.

NAAC, which is an Autonomous organisation of the UGC is involved in the process of Assessment and Accreditation. NAAC realises that the process of accreditation has been dynamic and proactive, as per the fast-changing socio-techno and educational scenario and this this exercise of NAAC is an attempt to reconcile its system to the changing educational ecosystem, to further to enhance the quality of and learning at Higher Education Institutions.

In the feedback form, released by NAAC it is seen that NAAC is interested in seeking feedback on many critical issue leading to accreditation. The methodology, amongst them has taken the largest space, which as of now, includes, Letter of Intent (LOI), Submission of Self-study Report, Onsite Visit, Guidelines for Institutions and Guidelines for Peer Team etc.

NAAC is also interested to know as how to improve the objectivity of assessment process and know about the Innovative steps / methods, which can be adopted Assessment and Accreditation.

Earlier, NAAC was using the four-point grading (A, B, C and D) with CGPA and descriptors for each of the alphabetical grade assigned. There was an opinion amongst the academics that four-point grading does not render clarity on the quality and standards of educational institution as the bandwidth of full 1 CGPA, is quite long and normally used to accommodate huge number of Institutions. Hence as part of reform in the grading system, a Seven Point Grading System was introduced in July 2016, wherein universities and colleges would be awarded A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C and D grades on scale of 4 CGPA.

EduLegaL View:

Assessment of Quality is certainly an important action, however, to my mind, more important is retention and maintenance of quality. As part of reform, I would seriously like to suggest to strengthen the Internal Quality Assessment, which an Institution does on regular basis and also a critical analysis of Annual Quality Report that they submit to NAAC.

Accreditation is one time process and hence it is natural that an Institutions prepares well for the same, but it is the IQAC and AQAR that signifies the continuation of quality in the institution and also the justification to the grade that it has achieved.

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