National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India

NAAC for Quality and Excellence in Higher Education

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.



  • 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.

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.


Value framework

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.


Core values

  • Contributing to national development
  • Fostering global competencies among students
  • Inculcating a value system in students
  • Promoting the use of technology
  • Quest for excellence
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