National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
Throughout the world, the Higher Educational Institutions function in a dynamic environment and the Indian higher education system is no exception to this. As significant changes happen from time to time, there are new challenges and demands that seek innovation. The ever expanding higher education, impact of technology on educational delivery, increasing private participation and the impact of globalization (including liberal cross-border and trans-border educational imperatives) have necessitated marked changes in the Indian higher education scenario. While formulating its Core Values for Accreditation framework, NAAC is in cognizance of the swift changes and consequent metamorphosis in values pertaining to the Indian Higher Education.
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. To address the issues of quality, the National Policy on Education (1986) and the Plan of Action (POA-1992) advocated the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bangalore.
NAAC has identified the following seven criteria to serve as the basis of its assessment procedures:
• Curricular Aspects
• Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
• Research, Consultancy and Extension
• Infrastructure and Learning Resources
• Student Support and Progression
• Governance, Leadership and Management
• Innovations and Best Practices
Poddar International College has gone through the above accreditation process of NAAC and secured B++ grade.