The key criteria set by NAAC are:
- 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
Further Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has mentioned that, "HEIs with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranging between 3.76 and 4.00 get the highest grade of accreditation i.e. 'A' whereas, institutions with CGPA of 1.5 or less are not accredited. The revised grading pattern has the potential to make differentiation within HEIs in terms of their qualitative performance and to ensure healthy competition among these institutions to improve the standards of Higher Education."
A total of 1256 HEIs have been accredited by NAAC till 22 February 2017. Out of total number of colleges, 1 University and 3 colleges have been assessed and accredited at A between 1 July 2016 and 22 February 2017.
The highest grade of accreditation depends on how the HEIs have taken steps to improve upon the education infrastructure as per the set standards/criteria outlined by NAAC under the revised grading system.
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