Unified Accreditation for Higher Institutions
Fri, 26 May 2023

Unified Accreditation for Higher Institutions

In News: The central government report titled 'Transformative Reforms for Strengthening Periodic Assessment & Accreditation of All Higher Educational Institutions in India' has put forth several recommendations to reform the assessment & accreditation system of higher education institutions (HEI).

Highlights of the Report:

  • National Education Policy (NEP) envisages a completely new system of accreditation through National Accreditation Council (NAC) and envisions it as one of the four verticals of the proposed Higher Education Commission of India.
  • The report suggested a more simplified system, instead of the present 8-point grading system of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to an adapted Binary Accreditation System viz. Accredited, Awaiting Accreditation and Not Accredited system.
  • The report suggested bringing the IITs under the umbrella of a unified accreditation process, transitioning to a binary accreditation system, focusing on outcomes, establishing a new body for data validation and verification.
  • IITs can utilise crowdsourcing for data verification, implement single-point data entry through APIs, impose penalties for incorrect submissions, and provide mentoring to institutions that fall below the set standards.
  • It recommended streamlining and synergizing the efforts of multiple accreditation agencies such as NAAC, the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), and the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF).
  • The report noted that reforms have been proposed with an intent of creating a credible, objective, and rationalised system for approval, accreditation, and ranking of HEIs, with a verifiable and secured centralised database; technology-driven modern systems that could replace/minimise manual involvement.



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