The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided that its accreditation will now be in binary terms only, in which only two terms will be used for all educational institutions, either accredited or yet to acquire.
“The idea is to eradicate the fear associated with NAAC’s accreditation process and make it more of an enabler for all educational institutions to thrive towards excellence,” said Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Chairman, NAAC.
Patwardhan was in Mumbai on Friday to attend a one-day state conference titled ‘Accreditation: The Way Forward’ at the University of Mumbai’s Kalina campus.
“We will also have various parameters for NAAC accreditation for colleges or universities offering a different nature of courses. Individual programs run by a university or an individual department of any university will also get an opportunity to apply for NAAC accreditation,” Patwardhan said.
NAAC organized the conference in association with the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for principals and management representatives of unaccredited colleges in Maharashtra, with the aim of creating awareness about the accreditation process.
Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra Minister for Higher and Technical Education, inaugurated the exhibition curated by the University of Mumbai to showcase various initiatives taken by colleges and universities with good NAAC ratings across the state.
Patil said, “We have 4,494 colleges and 65 colleges, out of which, 1,854 are accredited by NAAC. Out of 1,177 aided institutions, 1,096 are accredited by NAAC, and out of 2,141 unaided educational institutions, 1,909 have not completed their accreditation process. This is a concern for us as we have been encouraging accreditation process among all colleges and universities for better quality of higher education.”