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
“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.