NAAC

Topics: Higher education, Evaluation, Grade Pages: 7 (1535 words) Published: November 2, 2013
 Introduction
The NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It is an outcome of the recommendations of the National Policy in Education (1986) which laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India. To address the issues of quality, the National Policy on Education (1986) and the Plan of Action (POA-1992) advocated the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bangalore. Vision of NAAC

To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives. Mission of NAAC
To arrange for periodic assessment and accreditation of institutions of higher education or units thereof, or specific academic programmes or projects To stimulate the academic environment for promotion of quality of teaching-learning and research in higher education institutions To encourage self-evaluation, accountability, autonomy and innovations in higher education To undertake quality-related research studies, consultancy and training programmes To collaborate with other stakeholders of higher education for quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance.   Guided by its vision and striving to achieve its mission, the NAAC primarily assesses the quality of institutions of higher education that volunteer for the process, through an internationally accepted methodology. Governance Structure

NAAC’s working is governed by the General Council (GC) and the Executive Committee (EC) on which University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Universities, Colleges and other professional institutions are represented. Senior academics and educational administrators are nominated as members on these two bodies. President - General Council

Prof. Ved Prakash
Chairman-Executive Committee
Prof. Dinesh Singh
Director-NAAC
Prof. A. N. Rai,
Committees
NAAC functions through its General Council (GC) and Executive Committee (EC) and other academic, advisory and administrative sub-committees. NAAC draws its expertise from senior academics of undoubted integrity from all over India. National Consultative Committees in various areas provide the necessary inputs for establishing and strengthening the processes. Vice-Chancellors of Universities, Directors of higher education and Science and Technology institutes, Deans, Principals of Colleges, Heads of Departments representatively drawn from all disciplines, educational administrators provide expertise and leadership for the academic activities of NAAC. In addition, NAAC is also generating a large pool of experts / assessors in all subjects by conducting orientation programme periodically across the country. Details of members are as follows: General Council

Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Building Committee 
Appeals Committee
Purchase Committee
CRIEQA Committee
Rationale
Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the “Quality Status” of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) – a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services. Need of Assessment and Accreditation

Education plays a vital role in the development of any nation. Therefore,...
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