In a bid to expedite the process of assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutes, Human Resource Development Ministry had decided to rope in IITs and IIMs to help National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) streamline the process. While the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) will be expanded, the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) could also join hands and form an accreditation agency to expedite the process, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
"We have asked IITs and IIMs to come together and create an agency which we can use to expedite the process of accreditation," Javadekar said on the sidelines of the 4th World Summit of Accreditation. The Minister said that accreditation from now onwards will be based on 'learning outcome' and quality of education should be the key parameter for determining the standard of an institute. At present, only 15 per cent of the higher educational institutes in the country are accredited. "An institute which maintains quality will only survive and those who fail to do so will be out of business," he said.
The minister's comment comes close on the heels of University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to choose more accreditation organisations to take up the movement of giving recognition to Higher Education Institutes. The UGC will set up an Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) for acknowledgment of Assessment and Accrediting Agencies (AAAs) which will involve 10 individuals who might prescribe AAAs to the commission for acknowledgment. AAC will lay down norms and procedures for evaluation and accreditation of academic quality in HEI(s) or of the programme(s) including Technical Education Programs directed in that by AAAs.