Govt sets up high-level panel to strengthen NAAC grading system

NAAC grading

New Delhi: For strengthening the assessment & accreditation of higher educational institutions, the central government has constituted a high level committee, under the chairmanship of chairman, board of governors, IIT-Kanpur, K Radhakrishnan.

Radhakrishnan also chairman, standing committee of IIT council. The mandate of the committee includes strengthening the assessment & accreditation processes and preparing a road map for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) envisioned in the National Education Policy, 2020.

India has one of the largest and diverse education systems in the world. With the concerted efforts of the government there has been widespread expansion in the higher education sector.

Accreditation plays a vital role in making quality assurance an integral part of the functioning of higher educational institutions. Accreditation assists the higher educational institutions to understand their strengths and weaknesses through an informed review process, thus facilitating identification of internal areas of planning and resource allocation by them.

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Accreditation status of any higher educational institution serves as a source of reliable information for the students, employers and the society regarding the quality of education being offered in the institution.

Officials said that the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) also doles out financial assistance to the government aided institutions based up on their grades in NAAC. The UGC teams visit the technical and higher education institutions every year and carry out inspection to prepared the gradation.

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The other members of the committee include Mridul Hazarika, vice-chancellor, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya, Assam, Bharat Bhasker, professor, IIM, Lucknow and joint secretary, department of higher education, ministry of education, government of India.

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