After dawdling for years, IITs have finally given consent to get themselves accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), the country’s premier accreditation body.
However, IITs are allowed the freedom of carrying out the review themselves and submit the report to NBA, given their high academic standards. With this, IITs have also been suggested to work towards reinforcing the brand in order to make it in the prestigious 'QS Ranking' of best engineering institutions.
In the recent IIT Council meeting over the matter, HRD minister M M Pallam Raju reveals that IITs consent for NBA accreditation would help India becoming a part of the Washington Accord, an international agreement among accrediting agencies of 14 nations that recognizes engineering degree programs of each other.
One of the main criteria for any country to be part of the Accord is that its engineering degrees should be accredited. And, with the IITs consent for accreditation, India has now become a provisional member of the Washington Accord.
Raju said, "IIT directors felt that the annual review they subject themselves to will be enough and in line with the Washington Accord." However, the minister had to face a volley of questions on why such an exception was being made for IITs. Now, it has been anticipating that other engineering institutions would also seek for similar internal assessment, denying the one done by the NBA.
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