The NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. It is an outcome of the recommendations of the National Policy in Education (1986) which laid special emphasis on upholding the quality of higher education in India.

For ease of reference, the following details are excerpted from NAAC Website.

Rationale: Assessment and Accreditation is broadly used for understanding the "Quality Status" of an institution. In the context of Higher Education, the accreditation status indicates that the particular Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) - a College, a University, or any other recognised Unit therein, meets the standards of quality as set by the Accreditation Agency, in terms of its performance, related to the educational processes and outcomes, covering the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organisation, governance, financial well being and student services.

Grades: Institutions are graded for each Key Aspect under four categories, viz. A, B, C and D, denoting Very good, Good, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory levels respectively. The summated score for all the Key Aspects under a Criterion is then calculated with the appropriate weightage applied to it and the GPA is worked out for the Criterion. The Cumulative GPA (CGPA), which gives the final Assessment Outcome, is then calculated from the seven GPAs pertaining to the seven criteria, after applying the prescribed weightage to each Criterion.

Process: NAAC's process of assessment is towards holistic, systematic, objective, data-based, transparent and shared experience for institutional improvement. The process for assessment and accreditation broadly consists of:

  • Preparation of Self-study Report (SSR), and uploading on the institution website prior to submission of LOI.
  • On-line submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI).
  • On-line submission of Institutional Eligibility for Quality Assessment (IEQA) for applicable institutions.
  • Submission of Hard Copies of SSR
  • Peer team visit to the institution.
  • Final decision by NAAC.

Criteria:: NAAC scores are based on the following criteria

  • Curricular Aspects
  • Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
  • Research, Consultancy and Extension
  • Infrastructure and Learning Resources
  • Student Support and Progression
  • Governance, Leadership and Management
  • Innovations and Best Practices

Assessment Outcomes: There are two outcomes of Assessment and Accreditation:

  1. Peer Team Report

    The qualitative part of the outcome is called Peer Team Report (PTR) which is an objective report prepared by the Team highlighting its evaluative judgements, mostly using precise keywords instead of long sentences.

  2. Institutional Grading

    The quantitative part of the outcome comprises the criterion-wise quality assessment, resulting in the final Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), a letter grade and a performance descriptor. The CGPA and letter grade constitute the certification by the NAAC on institutional accreditation.

Miranda House was given an Institutional Grade of A+ with CGPA 3.61 (Cumulative Grade Point Average). The recommendation for accreditation was given following due process at the 24th Meeting of the Standing Committee of NAAC held on 2 May 2017. This is the First Cycle of Accreditation which will remain valid for 5 years from date of EC. The college can however apply for Second Cycle of Accreditation after three years.

Relative Ranking Amongst DU Colleges: Miranda House ranks high in comparison to its peers. It is a niche college offering courses in both, the Liberal Arts (Social Sciences and Humanities) and Basic Sciences.

CGPA Letter Grade Status
3.76 - 4.00 A++ Accredited
3.51 - 3.75 A+ Accredited
3.01 - 3.50 A+ Accredited
3.51 - 3.75 A Accredited
2.76 - 3.00 B++ Accredited
2.51 - 2.75 B+ Accredited
2.01 - 2.50 B Accredited
1.51 - 2.00 C Accredited
<=1.50 A+ NotAccredited