Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities
December 2012

Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities

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The session delved upon why some of the universities in the country are not following the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Higher education is evolving and new challenges are coming up. Therefore, there must be a provision in our  accreditation process that offers space for versatility in the institutions

Prof H A Ranganath,

Director,
National Assessment Accreditation Council and Former VC, Bangalore University

Accreditation is the health check-up of an institution. If it is done by the correct diagnostic centre, it gets to now its strengths and weaknesses and other challenges that the body is facing, and accordingly initiate remedial measures.

Prof Furqan Qamar,

VC,
Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Making accreditation compulsory does not serve the purpose. You make it compulsory and the whole process becomes ritualised. Let people realise that accreditation is in their own interests so that they come on a voluntary basis so that higher education catches up with some kind of quality improvement drive.

Prof Bharat Chattoo,

Former VC,
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University,Jammu

India accounts for just about 3.5 percent of the global research output. China’s output is about 18 percent. When we talk about our quality institutions, even out of those 3.5 percent, not more than 1-2 percent of the research output has international impact. In that kind of a situation, one will really have to ask what constitutes good science.

Prof S Ramesh Babu,

Associate Vice President,
Education & Research,Infosys

We need to connect to the stakeholders and get a lot of insight from them to make our programmes relevant,flexible and useful to our people. Our focus is how we accredit, not from the NAAC perspective, but from the quality assurance perspective. We also need to look at how our services are accredited by the clients, how we provide the services and how we know that they are benchmarked.

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