Dr.Jawahar Lal Sen
National assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous institution constituted by the University Grants Commission (India)‘To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation,promotion and sustenance initiatives’.
The revised guidelines for the creation of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) contains following expressed mission of NAAC with a view to achieving the above mentioned ‘Vision’.
k To arrange for periodic assessment and accreditation ofinstitutions of higher education or units thereof, or specificacademic programmes or projects;
k To stimulate the academic environment for promotion of qualityof teaching-learning and research in higher educationinstitutions;
k To encourage self-evaluation, accountability, autonomy andinnovations in higher education;
k To undertake quality-related research studies, consultancy andtraining programmes, and
k To collaborate with other stakeholders of higher education forquality evaluation, promotion and sustenance.’
The basic purpose and the tasks of the IQAC had also been defined in the revised guidelines as quoted below
‘The basic purposes of the IQAC are:
a) To ensure continuous improvement in the entire operations of theinstitution, and
b) To assure stakeholders connected with higher education – namely, students,
parents, teachers, staff, would-be employers, funding agencies and society
in general – of the accountability of the institution for its own quality and probity.
The IQAC will evolve mechanisms and procedures for ensuring the
a) Timely, efficient and progressive performance of academic, administrative
and financial tasks.
b) The relevance and quality of academic and research programmes.
c) Equitable access to and affordability of academic programmes for various
sections of society.
d) Optimization and integration of modern methods of teaching and learning.
e) The credibility of evaluation procedures.
f) The adequacy, maintenance and proper allocation of support structure and
g) Research sharing and networking with other institutions in India and
The NAAC has also discussed at length the composition of IQAC, operational features of the IQAC and the functions of the IQAC. These had been done in very clear language, without any ambiguity and with professional acumen. We also believe that if those operational features and functions are translated into practice, no force on the earth will be able to retard the growth of higher education in India.
So far so good. But the only important question is for whom all these exercises are being undertaken? Which is the target group? The answer is plain and simple – Students.
Students belong to various categories, namely, college students, university students, students of medical colleges, technical institutes, students belonging to management studies and similar other various branches. The problems of each category requires specialized attention as each category has got its own issues, own problems and hence there cannot be any common policy prescription for all.
Even the problems of colleges and universities working with the same type of students are widely different, a fact which have been overlooked by UGC and NAAC in a most unfortunate manner. The eminent persons at top level of …