National Assessment and Accreditation Council

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an organisation that assesses and accredits higher education Institutions (HEIs) in India. It is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission of Government of India headquartered in Bangalore.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council
NAAC logo
Agency overview
HeadquartersBangalore, Karnataka, India
Agency executive
  • S. C. Sharma[1], Director
Parent departmentMHRD
Parent agencyUGC


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.[2][3] Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994 with its headquarters at Bengaluru.


The NAACs grades institutes on an eight-grade ladder:[4]

Range of institutional CGPALetter GradePerformance Descriptor
3.51 – 4.00A++Accredited
3.26 – 3.50A+Accredited
3.01 – 3.25AAccredited
2.76 – 3.00B++Accredited
2.51 – 2.75B+Accredited
2.01 – 2.50BAccredited
1.51 – 2.00CAccredited
≤ 1.50DNot Accredited


As of 2 November 2018, 568 universities and 11816 colleges were accredited by NAAC. Of these, 1856 institutes (206 universities and 1650 colleges) were graded "A".[5]


  1. "Director NAAC". NAAC. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. "NAAC - An Overview", National Assessment and Accreditation Council, archived from the original on 25 March 2012, retrieved 10 April 2012
  3. "Higher Education in India". Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
  4. "Assessment Outcome".
  5. "Total Number of Accreditations as on 02/11/2018". National Assessment and Accreditation Council. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
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