Eligibility Criteria

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with a record of at least two batches of students graduated, or been in existence for six years, whichever is earlier, are eligible to apply for the process of Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) of NAAC, and fulfil the other conditions or are covered by the other provisions, if any, mentioned below:

1. Universities (Central / State / Private / Deemed-to-be) and Institutions of National Importance

  • Provided the Institutions /Deemed to-be Universities and their offcampuses if any are approved by MHRD/UGC. NAAC will not consider the unapproved off-campuses for A&A.
  • Provided that these institutions have regular students enrolled in to the full time teaching and Research programmes offered on campus.
  • Provided further that the duly established campuses within the country, if any, shall be treated as part of the Universities / Institutions of National Importance for the A&A process.
  • NAAC will not undertake the accreditation of off-shore campuses.

2. Autonomous colleges /Constituent Colleges / Affiliated Colleges (affiliated to universities recognized by UGC as an affiliating University)

  • Provided the Colleges are affiliated to a University recognised by UGC for the purposes of affiliation. Constituent colleges of a Private and Deemed- to be Universities are considered as the constituent units of the University and thus will not be considered for A&A independently. Such constituent colleges need to come along with the University.
  • Provided the colleges / institutions not affiliated to a University are offering programs recognized by Statutory Professional Regulatory Councils and have been recognized by Association of Indian Universities(AIU) or other such Government agencies concerned, as equivalent to a degree programme of a University.

3. Accredited HEIs applying for Reassessment or Subsequent Cycles (Cycle 2, Cycle 3, Cycle 4) of Accreditation

  • Institutions, which would like to make an improvement in the accredited status, may apply for Re-assessment, after a minimum of one year and before three years of accreditation subject to the fulfillment of other conditions specified by NAAC from time to time for the purpose.
  • Institutions opting for Subsequent Cycles (Cycle 2, Cycle 3, Cycle 4) of Accreditation can submit the Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA), beginning of the last quarter of the validity period subject to the fulfillment of other conditions specified by NAAC from time to time for the purpose.

Note

  • The NAAC accreditation does not cover distance education units of HEIs and offshore campuses.
  • All the institutions intending to apply for Assessment and Accreditation by NAAC need to mandatorily upload the information on All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) portal. AISHE code (reference number) is one of the requirements for Registration.

NAAC has identified a set of seven criteria to serve as the basis of its assessment procedures. NAAC has categorized the Higher Educational Institutions into three major types (University, Autonomous College, and Affiliated/Constituent College) and assigned different weightages to these criteria under different key aspects based on the functioning and organizational focus of the three types of HEIs.

The criterion-wise differential weightages for the three types of HEIs are:

Criteria Universities Autonomous Colleges Affiliated/Constituent Colleges

Curricular Aspects

150

150

100

Teaching-learning & Evaluation

200

300

350

Research, Innovations & Extension

250

150

120

Infrastructure & Learning Resources

100

100

100

Student Support & Progression

100

100

130

Governance, Leadership & Management

100

100

100

Institutional Values & Best Practices

100

100

100

 

Key Indicators
Under each Criterion a few Key Indicators are identified. These Key Indicators (KIs) are further delineated as Metrics which actually elicit responses from the HEIs.

For Details: Key Indicators and Weightages