NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) announced that its accreditation will now be only in binary terms. The two terms used for educational institutions will be either with an already accreditation institution or yet to acquire.
Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Chairperson, NAAC said, “The idea is to eradicate the fear associated with the NAAC accreditation process, and to make it more of a facilitator for all the educational institutions to thrive for excellence.” He expressed this while attending a day-long state level conference titled ‘Accreditation: The Way Ahead’ at the Mumbai University’s Kalina campus.
“We will also have various parameters for the NAAC accreditation for colleges or universities offering a different nature of the courses. Individual programmes run by a college or an individual department of any university will also have the opportunity to apply for the NAAC accreditation,” said Patwardhan.
Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister said, “We have 4,494 colleges and 65 universities, out of which, 1,854 are NAAC accredited. Out of 1,177 aided institutions, 1,096 are NAAC accredited, and out of 2,141 non-aided educational institutions, 1,909 have not completed their accreditation process. This is a concern for us as we have been encouraging the accreditation process among all the colleges and universities for a better quality of higher education.”