• Written By Shayan Patra
  • Last Modified 16-08-2022

Education Ministry Sets Up Committee to Form NAC, Merging NAAC & NBA

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Bengaluru, August 16, 2022: The Ministry of Education has set up a committee to form the ‘meta-accrediting body’ National Accreditation Council (NAC). NAC is being formed to combine both the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

According to the news, Bhushan Patwardhan, the chairman of NAAC, confirmed that a committee has been constituted to work out the merger of NAAC and NBA. In support, KK Aggarwal, chairman of NBA, also said that a committee has been set up under Patwardhan to combine the two accreditation body as well as to figure out the functions of NAC, as proposed under the HECI.

In addition, Aggarwal said that the committee will be responsible for drawing the NAC’s structure and its function. Furthermore, the body will set up the quality parameters of the educational institutions in India. Aggarwal also said that he has not received any invitation and is not a part of the committee so far.

About NAAC and NBA

NAAC is responsible for the accreditation of universities and colleges in India. In comparison, NBA is responsible for the accreditation of technical institutions, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in India. NAC is one of the four verticals of the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which will replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

In July, at the launch of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced the decision to bring all the accreditation bodies under one umbrella of HECI. Furthermore, Pradhan also added that all the institutions under UGC, AICTE, and other bodies will come under this framework.

About HECI and NAC

In the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the proposal to create a single accreditation and ranking system was announced, among other proposals. NEP 2020 proposed the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) as a single body for entire higher education, excluding medical and legal education. 

HECI will consist of four independent verticals. These verticals are the National Higher Education Regulatory Council (NHERC) for regulation, National Accreditation Council (NAC) for accreditation, Higher Education Grants Council (HEGC) for funding, and General Education Council (GEC) for setting academic standards. Furthermore, all the public and private higher education institutions will follow the same set of norms for regulation, accreditation, and academic standards.

Under NAC, a “robust system of graded accreditation” will be set up. It will streamline the work carried out by NAAC, NBA, and the NIRF in a synchronised and systemic manner. Furthermore, the accreditation of all technical and non-technical educational institutions will be based primarily on ‘basic norms, public self-disclosure, good governance, and outcomes’.

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