There is a furor everywhere about NBA Accreditation being made a mandate by 2022. Running a technical institute without the NBA needs a gear up. Gaining this hallmark quality needs a certain understanding.
You will find answers to most of your NBA related uncertainties in this blog. Besides you would also know the What, When, Why, and How of it. Read on.
What is the NBA Accreditation (National Board of Accreditation)
NBA’s birthplace is India. It was authorized by AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) in 1994, with the main aim to groom the quality and competence of engineering and technical programs from diploma to postgraduate levels in certain specific fields that are recommended by AICTE.
NBA critically appraises to evaluate whether an institute/program reaches or exceeds the standards set by the accreditation body, periodically. Engineering, technology, management, applied arts and crafts, architecture, pharmacy, management, and hospitality come under the NBA’s zone.
What makes it unique is its very own process, objectives, parameters, and NBA accreditation criteria. All of these in agreement with the international best practices initiated to measure the outcome of a given program.
NBA assesses institutions holistically. The vision, mission, objectives, organization, quality of teaching/learning, infrastructure facilities, support services, which includes the lab, library, etc. NBA’s focus is on accrediting diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
When was the NBA Accreditation formed?
The History of NBA Accreditation
NBA wasn’t born in a day. There were major milestones that it had to cross over, to become what it is today. The brief history of the NBA below shows its major happenings and milestones.
NBA had a slow and steady rise since its inception until it became autonomous in the year 2011. However, it began shaping up with all its might after signing up with the Washington Accord.
NBA’s history is incomplete without WOSA (World Summit on Accreditation). WOSA was established in 2012 to impart world-class technical and professional proficiency in Indian campuses. The summit has happened four times now, brings in stakeholders to share common benchmarks and quality standards in teaching and learning.
There had been a number of amendments and standardization efforts in NBA rules over the years, in terms of pre-qualifiers accreditation documents, etc.
The Washington Accord
One of the major breakthroughs in the NBA’s history happened with the Washington Accord (WA). Washington Accord came as a boon to many engineering institutes that were running haywire looking for a mechanism to prove their program’s quality.
WA is an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs. The beauty of the Accord is that it exercises a mutual recognition between its participating bodies, of accredited engineering degree programs.
History of Washington Accord
The story about the Washington Accord (WA) dates back to 1989. It was signed among six countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) initially. But today WA has branched out to have 20 signatories under it.
In its origin, WA’s six foundation signatory organizations felt that their policies, criteria, and processes were equivalent. They consented to recommend them to the registering bodies to graduates accredited by other signatories just like the way they grant to their own accredited programs.
The signatories committed to sharing good practices to be followed by member countries in terms of course design and delivery in the engineering field. They determined to allow mutual collaboration in each other’s accreditation processes and to grow along.
The inception saw simple rules and procedures with bi-annual meetings. As countries started coming in, there was a realization for a much-structured plan. Thus in 1990, a six-year peer-review of signatories was formed. This was to do with the admission of new signatories, followed by a period in provisional status.