The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has decided to extend accreditation validity for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) whose validity of accreditation expires during the pandemic period i.e. from March 2020 provided the HEIs submit online Institutional Information for Quality Assessment (IIQA) within three months from the government/university notification to resume normal academic activity.
As per existing provisions of the NAAC, the validity of accreditation for HEIs stands extended which have submitted the IIQA/ online Self-Study Report (SSR) before/during pandemic period but the process was delayed to the prevailing situation. The extension is applicable until the completion of the assessment and accreditation process of NAAC, provided such institutions do not withdraw their applications and agree to continue with process within three months from resuming of normal academic activities.
These decisions were taken recently during the second meeting (online) of the Academic Advisory Committee of NAAC.
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According to the minutes of the second meeting, as per existing provisions of NAAC, the accreditation validity does not stand extended for HEIs whose accreditation validity expired before March 1, 2020, and submitted IIQA but the process was delayed due to pandemic.
“But processing of their IIQA/SSR application stages deadlines will be automatically extended for a period of three months after normal academic activities resume as per the government/university notification,’ it read.
“For the academic year 19-20, complete data either for SSR or for AQAAR can be submitted after results,” said YL Srinivas, NAAC member. However, if the colleges are ready with data, they can submit as and when ready, he added.
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