What is accreditation?

Why Accreditation?

Impact of Accreditation

Benefits and Significance of Accreditation

Program Accreditated by NBA

NBA accredits programs and not Institutions/departments. NBA accredits programs of following disciplines at Diploma, Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) levels.

  1. Engineering & Technology
  2. Management
  3. Pharmacy
  4. Architecture, Applied Arts and Crafts
  5. Computer Applications
  6. Hospitality and Tourism Management

In view of a very large system of technical education in the country, the NBA operates a two-tier system of accreditation for all the programs under its purview. The TIER-I system has been designed for the technical programs offered by autonomous institutions and university departments better, while the TIER-II system is fine-tuned for the needs of the non-autonomous institutions affiliated to a university.
In both TIER-I and TIER-II systems, the same set of criteria have been considered for accreditation. In the TIER-I system, the criteria which are based on outcome parameters have been given more weightage, whereas in the TIER-II system, the weightage has been reduced, thereby, enhancing the weightage of the output-based criteria. However, a non-autonomous institution may also apply for accreditation on the basis of TIER-I system, if they feel that their curriculum is capable of attaining the desired outcomes of a programme.
NBA has Outcome Based process of accreditation. This process focuses on the predefined outcomes that by and large, signify knowledge, skills and capabilities expected from a graduate on successful completion of a program and also on the continuous improvement in attainment of outcomes vis-à-vis predefined outcomes and their relevance to Mission and Vision of the institution and Educational Objectives of the programme.
NBA’s process for accreditation seeks applications from institutions for accreditation of their programs in a block year starting from 1st April to 31st March of the subsequent year. The applications so received are processed and result being declared in the next block year.

Accreditation Procedure for Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Accreditation Procedure for all other Programs

Any payment received on or after 01.07.2017:

Registration Fee:

Registration fee amount is Rs. 1,00,000/- + 18% GST(Goods and Services Tax)

Accreditation Fee:

Processing Fees to be paid by the Institutions for NBA Accreditation of Programmes except Engineering Diploma Programmes:

No. of Programmes to be Accredited Payment to be made with application + 18% GST(Goods and Services Tax)
1 5,00,000/-
2 7,00,000/-
3 9,00,000/-
4 11,00,000/-
5 13,00,000/-

# The revised Accreditation fee is effective from 21st August 2013.

Processing Fees to be paid by the Institutions for NBA Accreditation of Engineering Diploma Programmes:

No. of Programmes to be Accredited Payment to be made with application + 18% GST(Goods and Services Tax)
1 2,00,000/-
2 3,50,000/-
3 5,00,000/-
4 6,50,000/-
5 8,00,000/-

# The revised Accreditation Fee for Diploma Engineering Programmes is effective from 9th November, 2015.

Note:The Institutes can apply maximum for 5 programmes for various levels of the same discipline. However, MBA and MCA Programmes may be included along with Engineering Programmes in an application.

Appeal Fee:

Appeal fee amount is Rs. 1,50,000/- per Program. + 18% GST(Goods and Services Tax)

Mode of Payment
  • Institute may pay the fee (Registration/Accreditation) by following modes:
    i. Net Banking
    ii. Credit/Debit Card
    iii. NEFT/RTGS as per the details given below :-

    A/c Name : National Board of Accreditation
    A/c No : 054805000417
    IFC Code : ICIC0000548
    Branch Address : Bisham Pitamah Marg , Pragati Vihar , New Delhi - 110003

GST Registration No: 07AAAAN8753G1ZF
PAN Registration No: AAAAN8753G

With regards to payment on eNBA, Please indicate GST registration No of your organisation, If any.

Accreditation Policy
The following general policies are the guiding principles for the accreditation of programs:

  • programs, and not Educational Institutions, will be accredited.
  • programs will be considered for assessment and accreditation only at the written request of the educational institution and after agreeing to abide by the NBA’s accreditation manual, rules, regulations and notification issued from time to time.
  • The institution will have to pay accreditation fee as prescribed from time to time by NBA.
  • The institution will send Self-Assessment Report (SAR) in the prescribed format in respect of each programme to be accredited.
  • programs to be accredited should be offered by an educational Institution which has been formally approved as an educational Institution by the AICTE or the concerned regulatory authority. The programme to be accredited should also have the approval of AICTE, except those offered by universities/deemed universities.
  • The title of a programme to be accredited shall be the same as - shown on the graduating student’s certificate and transcript. All routes leading to the completion of the programme will have to satisfy the accreditation criteria. An evening or part-time programme may also be accredited along with the regular full-time on-campus programme provided it offers the same curriculum and processes, laboratory facilities and physical learning environment and same standards of grading
  • The total credits to be earned for the award of the degree shall be uniformly distributed in the various academic years of the programme to the extent possible.
  • programs from which at least two batches of students have graduated will be considered for accreditation.
  • programs will be evaluated in accordance with the accreditation criteria given for various categories of the programs. Accreditation will be based on satisfying the minimum standards.
  • A two/three days onsite visit shall be a part of the accreditation process. An evaluation team appointed by the NBA will carry out the evaluation of the programme. The evaluation team consists of one (or) two evaluators for each programme and is headed by a Chairperson. The institute shall propose such set of dates for the visit when the regular classes and all academic activities are on.
  • The final decision made by the NBA will be communicated to the educational institution, together with comments which portray strengths, weaknesses and scope for improvement. In the event that a programme is not accredited, reasons for the decision will also be given. If accreditation is denied and if the educational institution wishes, it may appeal against the decision to the Appellate Committee (AC).
  • Accreditation of a programme will normally be granted for a specific term based on the recommendations of the concerned Evaluation and Accreditation Committee. If there is uncertainty as to the status, nature or future of the programme, or some weaknesses exist which call for a review at a shorter interval, provisional accreditation may be granted for two academic years.
  • After accreditation, the institutions are expected to submit their annual self-assessment report to eNBA online. If any aspect of the programme is found to be sufficiently unsatisfactory and/or does not comply with norms, the NBA reserves the right to revoke the accreditation. If necessary, the NBA may appoint a maximum of two members to form an Evaluation Team to act as mentors at the request of institution. The mentor(s) may visit the educational institution at its request for mentoring purposes and provide report to the NBA on their findings for each visit. The educational institution will bear the expenses of the visit and pay honorarium to the mentors as prescribed by the NBA.
  • All correspondence between the educational Institution and NBA as well as information as to whether a programme 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.
  • Only Students who graduate during the validity period of accreditation of a course will be deemed to have graduated with an NBA accredited degree.
  • Commencement of Accreditation Period will be as follows:
    • In case visit of the Expert Team to an Institute is conducted during 1st July - 31st December, the Period of accreditation would commence from the on-going academic year(i.e. 1st July of that year).
    • In case visit is conducted between 1st January to 30th June, the accreditation period would be from the next academic year(i.e. 1st July of the next academic year).

Conflict Of Interest Policy

purpose of conflict of interest policyis:

  • To maintain credibility and transparency in accreditation process
  • To have confidence and assurance of fairness and impartiality in the decision making vis-à-vis the accreditation processes

Persons of Interest who must declare any conflict of interests:
Members of governing council, Executive committee, Academic Advisory Committee, Evaluation and Accreditation Committee, Chair persons/ membersof evaluation team, Resource persons, Master trainers, and Consultant and Staff of NBA.
In order to avoid potential or perceived conflict of interest, the persons of interest are not expected to:

  • have personal or financial interests of any kind in the university/institution; or
  • have or had a close, active association with the programme or faculty/school/department in theuniversity/institution that is being considered for accreditation. Some of the close/active associationsare:
    • serving as faculty or consultant, either currently or in the past, for theuniversity/institution whose programme is being considered for accreditation;
    • being an alumnus or a recipient of honorary degree from the university/institution whoseprogramme is being considered for accreditation;
    • holdcurrent or past membership of a board of the university/institution or any advisory committee in the university/institution whose programme is being considered for accreditation
    • Having current or past discussions or negotiations of employment with the institutions. The list above is just illustrative, and not exhaustive.
  • The persons of interest must absent themselves from any NBA meeting in which discussions or decisions occur for which they have any actual or possible conflict of interest.
  • Governing Council, Executive Committee, Evaluation and Accreditation committee and Staff members of NBA may observe an accreditation visit, but they are not eligible to serve as members or Chairpersons of Evaluative team.
  • All representatives of NBA must sign a conflict of interest indicating that they have understood policies.
Duty to Disclose:
The responsibility of disclosing any conflict of interest lies with the individuals identified as persons of interest. They must come forward voluntarily and disclose the nature of their conflict and recuse themselves from discussions about the institution with which they have the said conflict.

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