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9 December 2015

NAAC accreditation system needs change in design & process: CEPI

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium NAAC accreditation system needs change in design & process: CEPI

New Delhi, Dec 9 (ENA)  The method of assessment adopted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) does not appear to be scientifically designed to fulfil its objective, particularly with regard to teaching-learning effectiveness, said the Centre for Education Policy of India (CEPI).

“The evaluation criteria for judgment do not seem to have been defined objectively as a result of which grading is often both subjective and discretionary,” CEPI said in an official communique today.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India.

CEPI alleges that many colleges, which have been granted ‘A’ grade by NAAC, have been found to suffer from inadequate availability of teaching days due to late admissions and disturbed university calendar and lack of teachers’ presence in the classrooms even on teaching days.

“In many cases, they also suffer from improper practices for admissions and untimely examinations. Student attendance requirements are fulfilled by false reporting of attendance data,” it said.

In order to grant graded status to universities and colleges in the country, the Government of India established the National Assessment Accreditation Council (NAAC) to award ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ grades to the universities and colleges. According to a study carried out by the government amongst 4870 colleges, as many as 2780 are graded by the NAAC.

Offering a solution to the issue, CEPI is of the opinion that assessment should start from the quality, procedure and timeliness adopted in admissions.  It should also take into account if a time-table was prepared and followed; if the number of hours allotted to a subject were made available; whether teachers were available for those lectures; the quality of lectures imparted by teachers and the books they consulted and referred; as also the method adopted in imparting lectures.

NAAC must also be aware of the quality of examination papers prepared for internal examinations; the quality of examiners who marked internal exams copies; and the ways and means of communications of results to students.

“These checks and balances should be put in place so that the infrastructure, money and other extraneous considerations are not into play while granting grades,” CEPI said, adding that such measures would help NAAC to earn faith and respect of all concerned.

Further, a college cannot be graded in isolation of its university as it is the universities which decide the syllabus, the criteria for admission, and the time to hold examinations.  Even the admissions procedures and the academic calendar are controlled by the universities and the colleges merely follow the same.  

“Considering that they also prepare question papers and schedule for examinations, also appointing examiners, it is the university which controls everything that is done in colleges. Hence, how can an affiliated college be graded A if a university is graded B?” CEPI asked.

Similarly, universities themselves are affected by the quality of governance and policies of the state government. For example, if the state government is unable to conduct appointment of teachers, principals and staff properly, the universities have little in their hands. Hence, if a state is badly governed, it is usually difficult to have good education output of the state universities and its affiliated colleges.  (ENA Bureau)

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  1. KMSHARMA
    KMSHARMA 15/03/2016 2:34 PM

    Observation of CEPI with regard to the accreditation process is commendable. Although the NAAC is doing very good job but,the issues raised by CEPI should also be considered for improving the accreditation parameters.

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