The higher educational institutions teaching technical courses have to obtain NBA accreditation
either after six years or after its two batches of students pass out, the Human Resource
Development (HRD) minister has said.
According to IANS, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said that the National Assessment and
Accreditation Council (NAAC) only gives institutional accreditation while the National Board of
Accreditation (NBA) gives accreditation to technical programmes.
"The AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has notified regulations in January 2014
on the lines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) regulations 2012, that every higher
educational institution, which has completed six years of existence or two batches having
passed out, whichever is earlier, is to apply within six months from the date of coming into force
the accreditation from the agency," Irani said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The NBA is already conducting accreditation of technical programmes being run by institutions.
"The UGC and AICTE Regulation recognise NBA as an assessment and accreditation agency
for the purpose of undertaking accreditation," added Irani.
According to the minister, the process of accreditation has been laid down for achieving
advancing academic quality, enabling students and other stakeholders to make informed
choices with regard to institutions.
"The accreditation would also facilitate institutions to augment quality, by bench-marking uniform
reference points pertaining to academic standards, to acquire international recognition, cross-
border and trans-national collaborations," she said. Source: I.T