NAAC launched a new accreditation framework, which became operational in July. In a press release HRD ministry said that "the revised framework is ICT enabled, objective, transparent, scalable and robust".
A statement said "National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has taken cognizance of the changing trends in higher education, stakeholder perceptions and feedback, besides the avalanche of experience gained from its accreditation exercise involving more than 11,132 institutions [518 Universities and 10614 Colleges] till July 2017, which stand in good stead in all its endeavours".
In last few months, NAAC conducted several workshops, stakeholder interactions and meetings in order to prepare the manuals for the universities, autonomous colleges and affiliated colleges.
On 25th April, 2017 at New Delhi A National Consultation on the Revised Accreditation Framework was held which was inaugurated by the HRD minister Prakash javadekar.
In a statement NAAC said "the new framework is a subtle combination of System Generated Scores (SGS) with a combination of online evaluation (70%) and Peer evaluation (30%) which would usher in high level of transparency".
However, there are changes in the grading pattern and current grading pattern (A, A, A, B, B, B, C, D) will continue for the accreditation. For distributing the grade, a system of minimum qualifiers has been introduced and will be implemented. For example, universities should score a minimum of 3.01 in Criteria 1,2 and 3 in order to achieve the grading of 'A', 'A' and 'A'.
For more information of the new accreditation pattern visit the NAAC website at http://www.naac.gov.in/.