One of Central India’s biggest and most renowned universities, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya has been given A+ grading by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) under the 2019 survey. It is the only university across the state to have bagged A+ grade. The university has earned a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 3.30.

DAVV was ranked with ‘A’ Grade in the 2014 survey with a CGPA of 3.09. NAAC conducts this survey every 5 years. While the University had been thriving to bag ‘A++’ title, it managed to get only an A+ grading this time.

University had obtained a 4-star rating in the 2004 survey when the ranking was done on star-basis. In 2008, the ranking pattern got changed from star-based to grade based. As a result, the university bagged a ‘B’ grade rating in 2008. In 2014, survey the ‘A’ grade ranking got further bifurcated into ‘A’, ‘A+’ & ‘A++’ category and DAVV bagged ‘A’ grade. While the university thrived to get ‘A++’ title in 2019, it was only able to get ‘A+’ grade.

How do Colleges and Universities get NAAC Accreditation?

The higher learning institutes are ranked by NAAC through a three-step process. A college/university must be affiliated to UGV to apply for NAAC accreditation.

NAAC assess a university/college on the following parameters or indicators:

– Teaching-Learning & Evaluation

– Infrastructure & Learning Resources

– Research, Innovations & Extension

– Curricular Aspects

– Governance, Leadership & Management

– Student Support & Progression

– Institutional Values & Best Practices

The institutes are graded on every such key aspect/ parameter under four different categories such as ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’. These grades mean institutes performance are very good, good, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory. Grade Points Averages (GPA) for every criterion are generated and then a cumulative GPA is calculated as the outcome of the assessment.  

Following is the CGPA criteria:

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) Grade Status Performance of Institute
3.51 – 4.00 A++ Accredited Very Good
2.26 – 3.50 A+ Accredited Very Good
3.01 – 3.25 A Accredited Very Good
2.76 – 3.00 B++ Accredited Good
2.51 – 2.75 B+ Accredited Good
2.01 – 2.50 B Accredited Good
1.51 – 2.00 C Accredited Satisfactory

Benefits of NAAC Accreditation for Students

The grading helps the students to figure out the details about the institute in various aspects such as quality of education, research output, teaching-learning, infrastructure etc. Thus, they can classify institutes based on NAAC rankings while choosing to pursue a degree/course/programme from the learning destination. The better grading an institute possess, the more valuable is the degree offered by them.


Benefits of A+ Grade

Since DAVV has bagged an A+ grading, the university will be benefitted in various ways. There are several UGC (University Grants Commission) grants which can be applied for only after getting an A+ grading from NAAC. As a result, the university has now become eligible for grants up to Rs. 67 crore which can be utilised for the development of infrastructure, facilities etc. in the universities.

Apart from this, the university is now eligible to call 20% faculties from foreign institutes to take guest, part-time and full-time lecturer in the university colleges. This will elevate the curriculum level of the university courses. Further, the degrees affiliated from DAVV will have international recognition.

One of the most important parts is that now, the university need not obtain permission from the University Grants Commission to start a new graduate or post-graduate programme or course.


The Wide Celebration

As soon as the news came of Indore based DAVV University being classified as ‘A+ Grade University’ under NAAC University Rankings 2019, a wave of celebration went across both the Indore based campuses viz Takshashila and Nalanda. Assistant Vice Chancellor Prof. Ashok Sharma, Registrar Prof. Anil Sharma, Prof Akhilesh Singh, Prof. B.K. Tripathi and many others celebrated the news in the campus. The NAAC team inspected the premises from 21st to 23rd November 2019 and also came up with some suggestions for the universities to improvise shortly.