The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided to remove the grading system for Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) in India. Now, institutes will simply be classified as either accredited or not accredited. This recognizes institutes as either eligible or ineligible for students.
This decision benefits students and parents, enabling them to clearly identify suitable institutes for admission. It eliminates confusion caused by the multiple grades. Experts see it as a positive move.
Implementation will occur in two stages. Initially, binary accreditation status will be declared. Then levels 1-5 will be assigned to motivate performance. Better institutes get higher levels, helping assess quality.
The new system mirrors practices in foreign countries. It will push institutes to rapidly gain accreditation by addressing gaps.
Maturity-based grading incentivizes excelling. Level 5, the highest, confers the tag “Institutions of Global Excellence for Multi-Disciplinary Research and Education”.
In summary, NAAC has replaced grades with a clear accredited or not accredited system for higher education institutes. A maturity-based level 1-5 grading is also being introduced to spur institutes towards continuous improvement. The changes bring transparency for students and parents.
[ NAAC has eliminated grading for Higher Education Institutes, classifying them as simply accredited or not. A maturity-based level 1-5 grading is also being introduced to incentivize excellence. This brings transparency for students and parents in identifying suitable institutes for admission.]