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Why/When/How Accreditation

Why ACCREDITATION?

The need for accrediting technical education programmes has grown tremendously in order to impart quality education by quality Institutions in the wake of unprecedented growth in the number of educational Institution and the programmes offered by them. Accreditation is an exercise in quality assessment of the programmes. Such an exercise will ensure that the Institution indeed has, and likely to continue to have in the near future, the necessary instruments and resources, for the programmes to deliver technical manpower that not only meets the local industry requirements, but is also an acceptable human resource for the global job market in the Engineering and Technology sectors.

When ACCREDITATION?

The programmes of the technical education Institutes approved by the All India Council for Technical Education, which have graduated at least two batches of students, are eligible to be considered for accreditation.

How ACCREDITATION?

The intending Institution makes an application to NBA seeking accreditation of its programmes. The Institution submits information/data according to the format of Self Assessment Report (SAR) prescribed by the NBA, which is organized in the following four Parts:

Part I : Institutional Summary

Part II : Department/Programme Summary

Part III : Curricula and syllabi for the Degree programme along with Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs), Programme Outcomes and Assessment.

Part IV : List of Documents to be made available during the accreditation visit.

The following documents/ records are required to be made available by the Institution:

Institute Specific

  1. Land papers, built-plan and approval etc.
  2. Composition of GC/GB, Senate and other Academic and Administrative bodies, their functions and responsibilities. List of all the meetings held in the past 3 years along with the attendance records. Representative minutes and action-taken reports of a few meetings of such bodies along with the list of current faculty members who are members of such bodies.
  3. Rules, policies and procedures published by the Institution including service book and academic regulations and other along with the proof that the employees/students are aware of the rules and procedures.
  4. Budgeted allocation and utilization : Audited statement of accounts
  5. Informative web site
  6. Library resources – books and journal holdings.
  7. Listing of core, computing and manufacturing labs etc.
  8. Records of T & P and career and guidance cells
  9. Records of safety checks and critical installations
  10. Medical care records and usages of ambulance etc.
  11. Academic calendar, schedule of tutorial and makeup classes
  12. Course handouts/files along with PEOs; list of additional topics to meet PEOs and outcomes.
  13. Set of question papers, assignments, evaluation schemes etc.
  14. Feedback form, analysis of feedback and corrective actions
  15. Documented feedback received from the stake-holders (e.g., Industries, Parents, Alumni, Financiers etc.) of the Institution
  16. List of faculty who teach first year courses along with their qualifications
  17. First year results.

Program Specific

  1. NBA accreditation reports of the past visits, if any
  2. Department budget and allocations of the past 3 years
  3. Admission – seats filled and ranks (3-year-data)
  4. List/Number of students who clear the program in 4-year (3-year-data)
  5. Av. Grade point (CGPA) (3-year-data of students CGPA/percentage)
  6. Placement and higher studies data (3-year-data)
  7. Professional society activities, events, conferences organized etc.
  8. List of students’ papers along with hard-copies of the publications; professional society publications/magazines etc.
  9. Sample best and average project reports/theses
  10. Details of faculty student ratio
  11. Faculty details with their service books, salary details, sample appointment letters, promotion and award letters/certificates
  12. Faculty list with designation, qualification, joining date, publication, R & D, interaction details
  13. List of faculty publications along with DOIs and publication/citation details
  14. List of R & D and consultancy projects along with approvals and project completion reports
  15. List and proofs of faculty interaction with outside world
  16. List of class rooms, faculty rooms
  17. List of program specific labs and computing facility within dept.
  18. List of non-teaching staff with their appointment letters etc
  19. List of short-term courses, workshop arranged and course-modules developed
  20. Records of new program specific facility created, if any
  21. Records of overall program specific improvements, if any
  22. Curriculum, PEO/Course objectives and Outcomes
  23. Known gaps in the curriculum vis-à-vis PEOs and Outcomes
  24. List of contents beyond syllabi and schedule in academic calendar, if any
  25. Course files, plan of course delivery, question papers, assignments, list of experiments etc.

Policies

The following general policies will be the guiding principles for the accreditation of programs:
  1. Programs, instead of educational Institutions, are accredited.
  2. Programs to be accredited should be offered by an educational Institution which has been formally approved as an educational Institution by the AICTE.
  3. The title of a program to be accredited shall be the same as that shown on the graduating student’s certificate and transcript. All routes leading to the completion of the program will have to satisfy the accreditation criteria. An evening or part-time program may also be accredited along with the regular full-time on-campus program provided it offers the same curriculum and processes, laboratory facilities and physical learning environment and same standards of grading.
  4. Programs from which at least two batches of students have graduated will be considered for accreditation. However, new programs could be considered for provisional accreditation.
  5. Programs are considered for review and accreditation only at the written request of the educational Institution.
  6. Accreditation of a program will normally be granted for a specific term based on the recommendations of the concerned committee. If there is uncertainty as to the status, nature or future of the program, or some weaknesses exist which call for a review at a shorter interval, accreditation may be granted for a shorter term.
  7. A comprehensive review will be carried out at regular intervals not exceeding five years. If there are significant changes in the program or a substantial problem is brought to notice, an interim review focusing on the problems may be conducted. In the event that any aspect of the program is found to be sufficiently unsatisfactory, NBA reserves the rights to revoke accreditation.
  8. The educational Institution that offers an accredited course shall advise NBA, if significant changes have been made to the content, mode of delivery, outcome or any aspect of the accredited course.
  9. Programs will be evaluated in accordance with the accreditation criteria given for various categories of the programs. Accreditation is based on satisfying the minimum standards
  10. All correspondences between the educational Institution and NBA as well as information as to whether a program from an educational Institution is being considered for accreditation, are to be classified as confidential and may not be released to any unauthorized persons except with the written permission from the educational Institution.
  11. An on-site visit will form a part of the process leading to an accreditation decision. An evaluation team or Evaluation Committee appointed by NBA will carry out the evaluation of the program.
  12. The final decision made by NBA will be communicated to the educational Institution together with the feedback and comments. In the event that a program is not accredited, reasons for the decision will be given. If accreditation is denied, the educational Institution may appeal against the decision or request an immediate re-evaluation.
    The educational Institution is expected to bear the cost of accreditation

Programs We Accredit

Under the provisions of the AICTE Act of 1987, all diploma, degree and post graduate programmes coming under the following disciplines are covered under Accreditation by NBA:

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Management
  • Architecture
  • Pharmacy
  • Hotel Management and Catering Technology
  • Town and Country Planning
  • Applied Arts and Crafts

Institute We Accredit

At present, the NBA assess and accredits the Programme(s) only. The accreditation of an institution has not been taken up yet.