The New NAAC updates are here

Institutions can now apply all year round

The NAAC has recently revised its guidelines about applying for an accreditation. Institutions can now apply for a NAAC accreditation all year round. This was previously bound to two different windows of June/July and November/December.

The submission of the Annual Quality Assurance Report each year has also made mandatory. In the words of BDU S Rajasekar, Director of internal quality assurance cell (IQAC),

“While every institution has to submit AQAR very year but many were submitting the combined document at the time of NAAC accreditation. The revised norms make it mandatory for the institutions to submit the report every year”.

The revised guidelines will come into effect from 1st July 2018.

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As the revised Guidelines go, the institutions need to submit the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) in the NAAC website. The software for this is being currently developed at NAAC, which will be available by end of July / August 2018 for it’s pilot run.

The Higher Education institutions which are submitting the Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) from July 2018 onwards may use the revised format, with effect from 1st July 2018. However, if the institutions have already prepared the AQAR in the old format (in MS word format) it shall be accepted for the next six months (i.e., up to end of the December 2018).

Institutions should note that AQAR needs to be submitted in the new format only for the Academic year 2018–19. We will be updating the NAAC updates as they happen on these topics. Following are the recent changes in the AQAR submission:

  1. AQAR of the preceding academic year need to be submitted to the NAAC within six months i.e. the institutions should submit the AQAR before 31st December of every year.
  2. Once the AQAR is submitted online by the Institution, the e-acknowledgement copy will be sent to the institution by the system itself. Institutions can view the AQAR report in the portal, and the .pdf Version of the AQAR may be downloaded from the NAAC web portal.
  3. The login id for the online submission for AQAR submission will be the e-mail id used for the IIQA. The IT unit of NAAC is preparing the user manual for the online submission of AQAR.
  4. The Institutions may be advised to make a tab of NAAC in the Institutional website for keeping the records/files of NAAC, Peer Team Report, AQAR, Certificate of NAAC and Accreditation outcome documents. All data related to NAAC can be put on this NAAC tab.

NAAC plans to launch the AQAR submission online by July 2018. Till the New online submission begins old procedure will be as:

The Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) for the 2017–2018 is submitted in the previous format; hence the old procedure of word file submission will be accepted up to December 2018.

The NAAC accredited institutions need to submit only the soft copy as word file (.doc/.docx) through e-mail ([email protected]). The file name needs to be submitted with Track ID of the institution and College Name or EC number. For example MHCOGN16601-Samudra Arts and Science College, Taliamegu-Maharashtra.doc or EC_32_A&A_143 dated 3–5–2004-Samudra Arts and Science College, Taliamegu-Maharashtra.doc. The Higher Education Institutions need not submit the printed/hard copy to NAAC. The acknowledgements would be sent to the institutions through e-mail.

Credits: NAAC website.

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