Pune: Considering the existing accreditation process inadequate for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), the University Grants Commission (UGC) will form a new regulation system which will host multiple assessments and accreditation agencies under the banner of University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment & Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018.
This is to enhance the existing capacity of accreditation for meeting the requirements of Higher Educational Institutions. UGC will establish more assessment and accreditation agencies. At present, only the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) recognises and evaluates the quality of HEI in the country.
“The assessment and accreditation through a transparent and informal external process are the effective means of quality determination and assurance. Institutional recognition is given through only NAAC grades to HEIs so far. However, UGC has decided to allow more accreditation agencies to come into the sphere of activity,” said Rajnish Jain, Secretary of UGC.
In the official gazette of India, UGC stated that the existing capacity for accreditation is found to be inadequate to meet the requirements of the higher educational institutions, calling for augmentation of the capacity by allowing more accreditation agencies to come into this sphere of activity.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (j) of Section 12 and clause (g) of sub-section (1) of Section 26 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and in supersession of the earlier notification gazetted on July 17, 2014, the University Grants Commission has executed University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment & Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018,” read the gazette.