The outcome-based accreditation policy will judge tech colleges on the basis of the performance of students and alumni.
It has been designed to conform to the standards of the Washington Accord that India signed last year. NBA officials said all future accreditations would be carried out in accordance to this policy.
In past it was on the basis of physical parameters like faculty and infrastructure. But the shift has been introduced after the NBA, on behalf of India, signed the Washington Accord last year. This will allow other countries to recognize engineering graduate degrees awarded here and will be seen on par with those offered there.
Employment opportunities for engineering graduate are also expected to get a boost.
The accreditation process will differ slightly for tier-I institutions, premier central institutions like IITs, Central universities, deemed universities and autonomous institutions and tier II institutions, which include non-autonomous colleges. This is since the latter can’t formulate their own curriculum.
Dr G.K. Viswanadh, director of Academic Planning, JNTU-Hyderabad and NBA coordinator, said, “All accreditation will be according to the new outcome-based policy. Institutions which are already accredited will continue till the end of their accreditation period. After that they will have to get accredited under this new system.”