The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), has signed a memorandum of affiliation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG) of the US which shall help NAAC to improvise its standards to judge the quality of education in its affiliated institutions.
The agreement also states that both NAAC and CHEA will work along the lines of the core principles of the CHEA International Quality Group, a global network of quality assurance and accreditation bodies. CHEA and CIQG provide a forum for colleges and universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations, higher education associations and governments to address issues and challenges for quality assurance in an international setting.
Prof DP Singh, Director, NAAC, said that
It is a step further in making Indian assessment and accreditation practices at par with global standards. The Council is also working with accreditation agencies from around the world to achieve this. Such initiatives will encourage more Indian institutions to go for NAAC accreditation, especially as the University Grants Commission has made it mandatory as it helps an institute get autonomous status. Consistent top grades by the Council will also help institutions improve their performance on the HRD ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework. This in turn will enable students make an informed choice about the university or college they wish to join. It will also help institutions improve their enrolment and placements.
1. What is NAAC?
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It is an outcome of the recommendations of the National Policy in Education (1986) which laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India.
2. What is CHEA?
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a US-based organization of colleges and universities serving as the national advocate for voluntary self-regulation through accreditation.CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
3. What is CIGQ?
The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) is a rewarding and important forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting.
After this initiative, it seems the quality of education is expected to increase manifolds. We hope the direction nd recommendations are implemneted strticly keeping in mind the Indian scenario and afterward implication of such decisions.