The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), to snap ties with the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Reportedly, the NAAC will directly work under the ministry; the HRD ministry has in a letter bluntly asked the accreditation body and the UGC to keep each other at "an arm's length".
The MHRD said that apart from the routine administrative changes, the NAAC, whose inspections have been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate while attracting widespread allegations of favours taken and given, has to be revamped and "sanitized".
"After the UGC made accreditation mandatory, the idea of making the NAAC an independent body has been stressed upon in several meetings," said an MHRD official, reported ToI.
Goverdhan Mehta, chairman of the NAACs executive council, said, "The regulator [UGC] and the assessor [NAAC] cannot be the same body; they must be independent. How can assessment be carried out by a body of your own creation?"
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