Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan appointed as NAAC President

PUNE The University Grants Commission (UGC) has appointed Professor Bhushan Patwardhan, Pedagogue and Research Scientist, as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore.

The position was vacant after Prof. Jagadish Kumar was appointed President of UGC.

NAAC is an autonomous body established by UGC on September 5, 1994, with Prof. Ram Reddy as founding president and Prof. Arun Nigavekar as first director.

“I am grateful to UGC for providing me with this opportunity. My efforts will be to facilitate ongoing activities and support the NAAC team to accelerate their alignment with UGC’s quality mandate and key recommendations of National Education Policy 2020,” said Professor Patwardhan, who was Vice President of UGC until March 2021.

The NAAC undertakes the assessment and accreditation of institutions of higher education (HEIs) such as colleges, universities, or other recognized institutions to assess the quality status of these institutions. NAAC ratings are based on predefined quality and performance evaluation criteria indicating Very Good (A), Good (B), Satisfactory (C) and Unsatisfactory (D) levels respectively.

NAAC accreditation is a globally accepted indicator of the institution’s credibility and quality and impacts academic, financial, and perceptual benefits.

Professor Patwardhan is currently a National Research Professor Designated by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, and Distinguished Professor at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

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