The accreditation and affiliation are mandatory for any colleges and universities across the country.
The Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Professor A N Rai said that the number of colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu is more accredited than any other states of north India.
Tamil Nadu has surpassed the national average rate of accreditation as we see more colleges from this state are getting accredited," Prof Rai said. [Tamil Nadu has maximum number of universities in the country]
The accreditation of the colleges and universities were made mandatory in 2013, because of this, the number of accredited colleges went up by 5 times. The list of colleges and universities accredited by the NAAC board can be viewed in its official website.
"We need to accredit 8,000 colleges every year for which we need more accrediting agencies. NAAC does not have sufficient manpower to cover all of them," Rai said.
"We have so far accredited 7,000 of 40,000 colleges in the country and need hundreds of accrediting agencies to accredit colleges every year. The National Accreditation Regulatory Authority bill is yet to be passed without which we cannot have private agencies for accreditation purposes," he said.
Prof Rai pointed out that, when they visit the colleges / universities for accreditation, they will borrow books from other colleges to put in their library and colleges run without permanent faculty.