National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India
- Director Biography
- To arrange for periodic assessment and accreditation of institutions of higher education or units thereof, or specific academic programmes or projects;
- To stimulate the academic environment for promotion of quality of teaching-learning and research in higher education institutions;
- To encourage self-evaluation, accountability, autonomy and innovations in higher education;
- To undertake quality-related research studies, consultancy and training programmes; and
- To collaborate with other stakeholders of higher education for quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance.
- Contributing to national development
- Fostering global competencies among students
- Inculcating a value system in students
- Promoting the use of technology
- Quest for excellence
- N2 fixation by non hetrocystous cyanobacteria (FEMS Microbiology,1997)
- Cyanobacterium – Plant Symbiosis (New Phytologist, 2000)
- Handbook of Lichenology (CRC Press)
- Cyanobacteria in symbiosis (Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands 2002)
- Evidence for an ammonium transport system in free-living and symbiotic cyanobacteria (Springer, 1984)
- Nitrogenase in free-living and symbiotic cyanobacteria: immunoelectron microscopic localization (FEMS Microbiology Letters, 1986)
- CRC handbook of symbiotic cyanobacteria (1990)- CRC Press, USA
The NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bengaluru, is an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India with the mandate to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.
The NAAC functions through its General Council (GC) and Executive Committee (EC) where educational administrators, policy makers and senior academicians from a cross-section of the system of higher education are represented. The Chairperson of the UGC is the President of the GC of NAAC; the Chairperson of the EC is an eminent academician nominated by the President of GC (NAAC). The Director of the NAAC is its academic and administrative head, and is the member-secretary of both the GC and the EC.
In an era where partnerships are extremely important, NAAC collaborates with national and international agencies in order to be relevant and contemporary. At the national level, NAAC is in dialogue with a number of professional bodies such as National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Dental Council of India (DCI) and State Councils for Higher Education. At the international level, NAAC was one of the earliest members of International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher education (INQAAHE) and continues to contribute actively in the activities of Asia Pacific Quality Network and INQAAHE.
To make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives.
Guided by its vision and striving to achieve its mission, the NAAC primarily assesses the quality of institutions of higher education that volunteer for the process, through an internationally accepted methodology.
While formulating its Core Values for Accreditation framework, NAAC is cognisant of the swift changes and consequent metamorphosis in values pertaining to Indian Higher Education.
Prof. A. N. Rai has been appointed Director of the NAAC. After having served Mizoram
University as the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. N. Rai joined NEHU as Vice-Chancellor on 11th October, 2010. Born on 1-11-1955 at Parsa(Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh), he did his M.Sc. from B.H.U. (Gold Medalist) and Ph.D from University of Dundee (UK).
He joined NEHU as a Reader in 1984 after having served the University of Hyderabad as a Lecturer. Having an excellent academic record and published articles in highly rated journals, he was appointed as Professor in 1987 – becoming the youngest Professor in the university at that time. He is an internationally recognised scientist in the field of Nitrogen fixation and Plant-Microbe Interactions. He has written books published by renowned publishers like CRC Press (USA), Kluwer Academic Publisher (The Netherlands)and published his research work in journals with high impact factor like New Phytologist, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Physiology Plantarum, Planta, Archives of Microbilogy, etc. Some of his highly referred and cited works out of his more than 90 research papers and 3 books are:
He has been actively engaged in international research and academic collaboration as a Visiting Professor and Joint Collaborator in research projects including serving on various editorial boards and referee for journals within the country and outside. He had been Visiting Professor at Uppsala and Stockholm Universities for over a decade (1985-2002). He was elected Fellow of Linnean Society of London and member of Institute of Biology, London in 1982. He is also the recipient of Amity Academic Excellence Award and Young Scientist Award.
He has long administrative experience working in various positions in NEHU (Head, Dean, member of Executive Council) as well as member of the UGC and the DST Committees. His continuous contribution to NEHU since 1984 is well recognized for developing the infrastructure and academic standards. His contributions to Mizoram University during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor has been well acknowledged by the faculty, staff, students and general public of Mizoram for developing necessary infrastructure and creating facilities within short period of time. He was a Member of the Education Reform Commission for Mizoram that submitted its report within one year.