Government Science College, Bangalore received ‘A+’ grade under the new grading system that was introduced by National Accreditation and Assessment Council or NAAC in July 2016. It is the only college in the state of Karnataka to have achieved a high grade.
Expressing happiness and satisfaction, the Principal of the college said that it is a remarkable achievement for the college that not only showcases the overall development of the college in terms of research, results and placements, but also helps us in being recognised as a ‘centre for potential of excellence’. The next objective of the college is to gain the tag of one of the ‘centre of excellence’ in the near future.
On the other hand, St. Joseph’s College, Kerala received a grade of ‘A++’, thereby becoming the only institute to get the highest grade among the initial lot of 332 colleges that were reviewed.
In the earlier system of NAAC, colleges, institutes and universities were evaluated based on the four-point grading system that included A (very good), B (good), C (satisfactory), D (unsatisfactory).
However, in the new system, CGPA points are given to each college based on a seven-point scale, described as follows:
- A++ (3.76 to 4.00 CGPA)
- A+ (3.51 - 3.75 CGPA)
- A (3.01 - 3.50)
- B++ (2.76 - 3.00 CGPA)
- B+ (2.51 - 2.75 CGPA)
- B (2.51 - 2.75 CGPA)
- C (1.51 - 2.00 CGPA)
Any institute getting a CGPA score equal to or below 1.50 will be marked as ‘not accredited’.
The evaluation takes into account parameters like infrastructure, faculty, placements, examination system etc.
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It is interesting to note that according to NAAC officials, out of the 40,700 colleges and universities in the country, only 25,000 are eligible for accreditation.