Institutions teaching technical courses must have NBA accreditation

July 17, 2014

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

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