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What is NAAC accreditation

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council is an autonomous body based out of Bangalore that assesses and accredits higher education institutions across India.

What are the benefits of NAAC accreditation

NAAC accreditation with a good grade is a testimony of quality education provided to thestudenmts by the college/university.

For admissions, students are likely to select an accredited institution with higher grade over a non-accredited institution.

According to Minutes of the 5th Meeting of RUSA Project Approval Board (PAB) held on 10th December, 2014, the secretary mentioned that NAAC accreditation should be insisted upon for considering any proposal. Reference: http://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/upload_document/Minutes5thmeetingPAB.pdf

Eligibility criteria

Generally, institutions are elgible to apply if there are at least two batches of students graduated or if the institution is in existence for six years.

More details is available at http://www.naac.gov.in/Eligibility_HEI.asp

How to get NAAC accreditation - first cycle

For colleges applying for the first time, submission of LoI (Letter of Intent) is the first step towards obntaining accreditation.

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The LoI is usually approved within a month. Once the LoI is approved, it is necessary to submit IEQA.

Once IEQA is approved, SSR (Self Study Report) must be uploaded to the website within five months. Within another 30 days, one printed copy of SSR and five soft copies must reach NAAC office in Bangalore.

Subsequently, the NAAC office would get in touch with the college and a peer team visit would be arranged to verify the reports submitted by the college.

Usually the peer team consists of three members. The visit usually lasts for two and half days.

After peer team visit, results are declared in the next NAAC EC meeting.

How to get NAAC accreditation - second or subsequent cycle

Submission of LoI (Letter of Intent) is the first step towards obntaining accreditation.

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The LoI is usually approved within a month. Once the LoI is approved, SSR (Self Study Report) must be uploaded to the website within five months. Within another 30 days, one printed copy of SSR and five soft copies must reach NAAC office in Bangalore.

Subsequently, the NAAC office would get in touch with the college and a peer team visit would be arranged to verify the reports submitted by the college.

Usually the peer team consists of three members. The visit usually lasts for two and half days.

After peer team visit, results are declared in the next NAAC EC meeting.

What is SSR (Self Study Report)

The SSR (Self Study Report) is the report that the institution needs to submit to NAAC.

The self study report must be prepared by the college without outsourcing. Software such as epaathsala may be used by the college to create SSR.

The SSR consists of preface, executive summary, profile of the institution, criteria based input and departmental reports for each department.

According to criteria published, the document excluding departmental reports should not exceed 200 pages.

Annexure need not be attached, they may be made available during peer team visit.

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