NAAC extension for top-ranking varsities

New Delhi: In a significant move, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided to grant extension of the same grade to the top ranking educational institutions which have performed consistently well during earlier assessments.
In a reformative action, NAAC has decided that institutions consistently getting the highest grade during the assessment and accreditation exercises would be granted extension of the same grade for two more years.
According to the plan, the institutions which obtained highest grade for two cycles would continue to enjoy the same grade for seven years instead of five years earlier.
As per guidelines, these institutions are required to reapply for assessment six months before the expiry of their accreditation. As per the UGC (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2012, notified January 19, 2013, it is mandatory for a higher education institution to get accredited by an accreditation agency after passing out of two batches or six years, whichever is earlier.
Welcoming the move by NAAC, Ravi Bharadwaj, an expert on education enactments said, “I think this is a good step, and it recognises the maturing educational ecosystem of the country. This will also encourage the educational institutions to maintain high level of consistency in terms of quality and delivery of services.”
The NAAC in 2016 had assigned five universities in Orissa Grade A (Very Good). The universities which were granted Grade A are KIIT University, Centurion University, NIT Rourkela, National Law University (Cuttack) and Berhampur University. The Fakir Mohan University in Balasore was granted Grade B+ (Good).

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