India is proud to have one of the world’s largest and most diverse education systems. The expansion of private initiatives, increased autonomy, and the introduction of programs in emerging fields have contributed to greater accessibility to higher education. However, this growth has sparked concerns about the quality and relevance of higher education. To address these issues, the National Policy on Education (NPE, 1986) and the Programme of Action (PoA, 1992) outlined strategic plans, recommending the establishment of an independent national accreditation agency. Consequently, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) emerged in 1994 as an autonomous institution under the University Grants Commission (UGC), headquartered in Bengaluru. NAAC, guided by its vision statement : “To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives”, aims to integrate quality assurance seamlessly into the functioning of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

NAAC functions under the aegis of its General Council (GC) and Executive Committee (EC), which include educational administrators, policymakers, and senior academicians representing diverse sectors of the Indian higher education system. The President of the GC of NAAC is the Chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC), while the Chairperson of the EC is a distinguished academic nominated by the President of the GC (NAAC). The Director serves as the academic and administrative head of NAAC and holds the position of member secretary for both the GC and the EC. Apart from the essential statutory bodies guiding its policies and a core staff supporting operational activities, NAAC receives guidance from advisory and consultative committees, formed periodically to provide valuable input.

NAAC Self Study Report