Assessment and Accreditation
The continuing concern for quality in higher education has projected the need for evaluation of performance of universities and colleges. due to this concern, the initiative to set up a mechanism which will encourage self assessment in institutions and also assessment and accreditation by a council came from the National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986 and the programme of Action (POA) 1986. This has led to the establishment of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), under section 12-CCC of UGC Act of 1956, registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act of 1960 and the Karnataka Societies Registration Rules of 1961 in Bangalore, on September 16, 1994
The process of assessment
and accreditation involves three stages which are as follows:
· Preparation of a self-study report by the institution/department, on the predetermined criteria identified by NAAC
· Validation of the self-study report by a team of assessors who would visit the institution/department
· Final decision on assessment and accreditation by the Executive Committee(EC) of NAAC
To Facilitate the process of assessment and accreditation,
NAAC has identified the following six core criteria:
· Curricular Aspects
· Teaching-learinig and Evaluation
· Research, Consultancy and Extension
· Infrastructure and Learning Resources
· Student Support and Progression
· Organisation and Management
Healthy Practices Like
On receiving the letter of intent from the institution, NAAC will send the necessary manuals and guidelines appropriate to the unit of assessment. To initiate the process at the institutional end, it is suggested that a committee be constituted consisting of members from the faculty, staff, and students. The committee in consultation with the various functionaries of the institution, has to prepare a clear, and accurate report on the standing of the institution. This self-study report will be the basic document through which the assessing team will try to understand the institution and validate the claims made therein.
On receiving the self-study report from the institution, a team of Assessors in consultation with the institution, will be constituted by NAAC. The team will visit the institution on mutually convenient days for insituassessment of the report submitted by the institution through interaction and scrutiny with the various functionaries and documents respectively.
The draft report of the assessing team will be communicated to the head of the institution for comments on the details and other factual information considered by the team. The leader of the assessing finalise the report after considering the institutional response and forward it to the NAAC office.
The final report will be placed before the EC of NAAC for its consideration. The decision of EC will be final and will be communicated to the institution.
The outcome of assessment and accreditation will be a report about the quality of education offered in the institution and a grade on a five point scale* The institution will be given the grade as well as the detailed report, if it comes under the "Accredited" Category. However, if the institution happens to fall under "Non-Accredited" status, The institution has the option to withdraw from the process for the time being and come after two years for assessment and accreditation.
* with the following scale values :