A recent list of accredited Universities prepared by the University Grants Commission (UGC) revealed that out of total 15 universities in Kerala, only 3 have possessed a valid accreditation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Those 3 universities are - Calicut University, MG University and Indian Institute of Space Sciences and Technology (deemed university).
The NAAC accreditation expired for Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) and Kerala University, while Kannur University, Central University of Kerala and Kerala Kalamandalam have not yet applied for it, though they are eligible for accreditation.
The rest 5 universities in the state are young and have not accomplished 6 years since establishment therefore, they are not yet eligible for accreditation.
UGC has lately announced that the universities compulsorily have to apply for assessment and accreditation as stipulated in the UGC Regulations, 2012 (mandatory assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutions) before June 1, 2014. If any University failed to do so, it 'may lead to discontinuation of financial assistance granted by the UGC to those universities/institutions from 1st April, 2015 onwards'.
The UGC grants funds chiefly for research programmes.
Accreditation is a continuous process and it acts as a regulator for improving quality and services in each University, told educationist B Iqbal. He added that often universities are anxious to reapply for accreditation because of the fear that might not be able to maintain the previous rating or improve it, which would lead to expose the notion of administrative inefficiency.