About the Book :
This quality movement itself being less than a decade old, the literature available based on the Indian context is scarce. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which was established in 1994 to look into the quality concerns of the Indian higher education, as been busy since its inception in absorbing, evolving and adopting he EQA mechanism and in operationalising them to the Indian context. The authors, who have been associated with this task of NAAC practically from the beginning, have published a series of articles to propagate the concept to gain acceptability. Today with enhanced acceptability of its processes and with the experience gained in assessing more than 300 institutions, there is a growing interest among the stakeholders on the EQA processes which in turn kindled the interest in knowing more about assessment and accreditation process. The book, which discusses the issue of assessment and accreditation in three leads policies, prospects and challenges, will provide the basic information on EQA process as conceptualized and practiced in the Indian context and will prove to be a useful source of reference to those interested in quality education.
About Author :
Antony Stella is the Adviser of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). As one of the fist staff of NAAC, she has been a part of all the developmental activities of NAAC for the past six years. With a Ph. D. in Educational Technology, she has published in both educational technology and quality assurance. She has more than 75 papers and seven books- three on Assessment Accreditation and the rest on Education- to her credit. She has authored a Report for UNESCO about external quality assurance in India. She is the Project Director of the Impact Analysis of Accreditation funded by the Ministry for Human Resource Development. She is the recipient of Shastri Indo Canadian Faculty Research Award and Fulbright Post doctoral Fellowship.
A. Gnanam, a leading Plant Molecular Biologist turned academic administrator, established the now well k known School of Biological sciences and one of three National Centres for Plant Molecular Biology. Prof. Gananam has been the Vice Chancellor of three universities for almost 14 years. Currently, he is Chairman of the Executive and other statutory bodies of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and a member of the Board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies for higher Education (INQAAHE). He is also a member of the Global Forum on Higher Education constituted by the UNESCO.