NBAs Accreditation Parameters Criteria and Processes
The NBA has evolved a framework of quality assurance containing a robust process ensuring highest degree of transparency and credibility - with little scope of discretion and subjectivity.
The criteria that are considered by NBA during the process of accreditation of a programme are determined by the NBA’s definition of quality of programmes and its relevance to the profession concerned. These criteria are:
- Institutional Mission, Vision and Programme Educational Objectives
- Programme Outcome
- Programme Curriculum
- Students’ Performance
- Faculty Contributions
- Facilities and Technical Support
- Academic Support Units and Teaching-Learning Process
- Governance, Institutional Support and Financial Resources
- Continuous Improvement in Attainment of Outcomes
The parameters adopted by NBA for accreditation of programmes are based on initial capabilities, competence, skills, etc. keeping in mind the outcomes desired by the profession concerned. These parameters are called Graduates Attributes and they very from discipline to discipline and level to level. As an illustration,following are the Graduate Attributes for UG Engineering Programme:
- Engineering Knowledge :Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialisation to the solution of complex engineering problems.
- Problem analysis :Identify, formulate, research literature, and analyse complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.
- Conduct investigations of complex problems:Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
- Modern Tool Usage :Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modelling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.
- The Engineer and Society :Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal, and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.
- Environment and Sustainability:Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of need for sustainable development.
- Ethics :Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.
- Individual and Team Work :Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
- Communication:Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
- Project Management and Finance :Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
- Life-long learning :Recognise the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.