The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) was established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assess and accredit institutions of higher learning in India. The NAAC was originally formed in 1992 as a result of recommendations from 'National Policy on Education - 1986', which highlighted the deteriorating quality of higher education in the country.
NAAC certifies the institutions of higher learning (Colleges, Universities, Institutes, etc) in the country; however, it does not include the institutes providing technical education. The approval of technical education is given by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), an organization established by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.
Higher education in India has grown rapidly after independence. The country has developed its educational resources in all spheres, including primary education, secondary education, higher education, technical or higher technical education and research. But the critics say that the country has allowed mushrooming of private institutions offering fancy courses, and hence pushing the present and upcoming generation far from moral education. To resolve the issue, the National Policy on Education - 1986 stressed and focussed on the need to develop strategic plans and advocated for the establishment of an independent national accreditation body.
The NAAC stresses on making quality assurance an integral part of the functioning of higher education institutions. The organization undertakes the following key tasks:
- Arranging for periodic assessment, and accreditation of institutions of higher education or specific academic programs or projects.
- Stimulating the academic environment for the promotion of quality of teaching-learning and research in higher education institutions.
- Encouraging self-evaluation, accountability, autonomy, and innovations in higher education.
- Undertaking quality-related research studies, consultancy, and training programs.
- Collaborating with other stakeholders of higher education for quality evaluation, promotion & sustenance.
To sum up, the NAAC primarily assesses the quality of institutions of higher education that volunteer for the same, through an internationally accepted methodology. It helps institutions in knowing their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvements. It helps students in knowing the quality of the education they can get at a particular college/ university.
NAAC accredited universities:
- Chandigarh University –
Chandigarh University (CU) is a leading Indian Institution offering its students a unique amalgamation of professional and academic excellence. Established in 2012, CU has become the youngest university of the country to be Assessed and Accredited by NAAC and has been granted A+ grade in the first cycle itself. Also, Chandigarh University has become the only private university in India to bag A+ grade in the first cycle of the accreditation process and has also become the only state private university of Punjab to be accredited by the NAAC.
- SRM University –
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, (formerly SRM University), has been recently accredited with the highest grade A++ (A double plus) by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). It is another feather to SRM’s cap as it prides over being awarded the highest ranking given to institutions.
- UPES University –
UPES has a sprawling 44-acre campus in the lush and verdant environs of Dehradun. The university takes pride in offering its students a world-class academic infrastructure, multimedia-enabled classrooms, modern research labs, playing fields, food courts, hostels, and facilities for curricular and extra-curricular activities. Its commitment to providing students a multifaceted all-round growth and development reflects in its superior track record of 90% placements year after year.
- Amity University –
Amity University is one of India’s leading research and innovation driven private universities. There is a solid foundation for learning with air-conditioned amphitheatre style classrooms that provide the most conducive atmosphere for dynamic and focused discussions.
- Manav Rachna University –
Manav Rachna University is ranked 10th among all the private engineering institutes of the country and 29th among all engineering institutes across the country including IITs and NITs by The Times Engineering Survey. MRU has been bestowed with QS I-Gauge Gold rating and the QS I-Gauge Diamond for Employability and Facilities.
- Thapar University –
The Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) is one of India's oldest and finest educational institutions, which provides a steady source of highly skilled talent to the nation as well as overseas. Founded in 1956 with a campus spread across sprawling 250 acres, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, located in Patiala, has been a pioneer in engineering education, research, and innovation. The community involves ingenious minds solvers who are eager to make the world a better place to live in with their innovative techniques and discoveries.