The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is a government organization in India that assesses and accredits Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It is an autonomous body funded by the University Grants Commission and headquartered in Bangalore.


NAAC was established in 1994 in response to recommendations of National Policy in Education (1986). This policy was to "address the issues of deterioration in quality of education", and the Programme of Action (POA-1992) laid out strategic plans for the policies including the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bengaluru.


The NAACs grades institutes on an eight-grade ladder:


, 568 universities and 11816 colleges were accredited by NAAC. Of these, 1856 institutes (206 universities and 1650 colleges) were graded "A".


NAAC published a consolidated list of higher education institutions with valid accreditation as on 11 March 2020.http://www.naac.gov.in/images/docs/ACCREDITATION_STATUS/Institutions-whose-accreditation-period-is-valid-as-on-11032020.xls The outcome of the recent cycles of accreditation process is tabulated below.


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