Friday, 7 February 2014

NAAC received 2,978 applications for accreditation in 2013....

NAAC received 2,978 applications for accreditation in 2013....

With Government of India making it mandatory for universities to get themselves accredited to avail funds under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has been flooded with applications.

Even top universities and institutions of the country, which were earlier shying away from the accreditation process are making a beeline to NAAC.

As per the NAAC, between January 19, 2013 and December 19, 2013, it received 2,978 applications, while earlier the agency used to get anything around 800 requests annually.

Institutions like Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, Anna University, Chennai, Indian Institute of Science and National Law School from Bangalore, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Assam University, Silchar among 2,978 others have sent their letter of intention (LoI) to the accreditation agency.

Under the RUSA, it has become mandatory for government run higher education institutions to get accreditation to receive funding. Major part of the funding of government higher education institutions has been taken over by RUSA from University Grants Commission (UGC) last year.

Region wise the highest number of applications are from east and northeast, while in as a state Bihar has the largest number of participations.

"Yes, there has been an unprecedented rush of LoIs for this cycle of accreditation process. One of the reasons could be because accreditation has been made mandatory and also linked to funding under RUSA's provision. But it is not mandatory for all accreditations to be done by NAAC as there are plans for multiple accreditation agencies in the country," said NAAC Director, Prof AN Rai, reported Times of India.

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