All affiliated universities/colleges must be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
The accreditation process will serve two purposes, officials said. It will help improve the quality of education in engineering colleges across the country and will also enable institutes to identify good engineering colleges. It is not uncommon for many places to be left empty.
Institutes with good infrastructure and professors receive good grades and can attract more students. An official pointed out that despite instructions from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC); many institutes do not apply for NAAC, while institutes receive mandatory accreditation from the National Board Commission (NBA).
A circular in this regard was issued in November 4, leading all affiliated institutes to apply for NAAC accreditation. Accreditation is mandatory for all the courses offered by any college/university. Moreover, E4I strongly believes that NAAC accreditation is mandatory for institutional level courses.
Professionals of engineering colleges also said that obtaining accreditation from NBA and NAAC was a positive development and pointed out that based on the rating of these agencies, colleges/universities could get autonomy, deemed to be university status and also funding from different causes.
Getting a good NAAC and NBA helps not only attracts students but it improves the chances of funding in research on a large basis. Colleges should make conscious efforts to improve our NAAC and NBA ratings and improve the employability rate in India.