The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) was formed in the year 1994. It came into existence by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) under section 10(u) of AICTE Act. The purpose of National Board of Accreditation is to periodically evaluate technical institutions and program basis in accordance with the described norms and set standards of AICTE Council.
National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accredits programs only at undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate and diploma levels. The programs accredited by NBA come in these disciplines namely, Management, Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Applied Arts, Crafts, Computer Applications, Hospitality and Tourism Management. NBA accredited colleges in India go through a two-tier evaluation. Presently there are 718 NBA accredited colleges in India.
The institution's NBA accredited colleges in India are benefitted in various ways. Firstly, they get international recognition. Secondly, it helps the institute to recognize its strength, weakness, and opportunities. Thirdly, the institute is motivated to adopt new techniques and methodology of teaching. Fourth, helps in promotion of intra and inter-institutional interactions. Lastly, it signifies the quality of education. It is also advantageous for the students as they are guaranteed a quality professional education that would help them in the corporate world.
The National Board of Accreditation follows criteria to evaluate the programs. The criteria are laid under:
India is also a member of Network of Accreditation Bodies for Engineering Education in Asia (NABEEA). This promotes best engineering courses in India and develops mutual cooperation towards better accreditation systems in Asia. Many other Asian countries are a member of the same.
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