Abhay Anand, 06 May 2016

Careers360 interviewed Dr. Anil K. Nassa, who is the Member Secretary of National Board of Accreditation (NBA), who talked on the role of accreditation in improving performance of institution. The NBA secretary also shared his insights on the role of NBA vis-à-vis other accreditation agencies.


Read this interview to know what the Dr. Nassa says on NIRF.

Careers360: How can accreditation help an institution realize its academic objective?
Dr. Anil Nassa: Unfortunately in India accreditation is seen as a seal of quality, while it should be seen as seal of academic performance, an output-oriented parameter and it should also be seen as a continuous improvement process. One can never say that quality has been achieved; there is no benchmark of anything whether it is a product or it is a service, you can go on increasing the quality. We tell institutions that look, if you have got accreditation for two years then try it hard for five years, if you have got it for five years then try to go beyond that.

Careers360: Last year NBA revised its accreditation norms and added a self-assessment report for colleges to fill up, how would this help in the accreditation process?
Dr. Anil Nassa: Self-assessment report was available earlier also, now we have simplified it. This report is self-explaining about the questions and institutions will be able to fill it up at their own level. We are trying to tell the institutions that accreditation should not be seen as a complicated process and if you have the quality and are in the process of continuous improvement you can get it done.

Careers360: How do you look at the role of NBA vis-à-vis other accreditation agencies around the globe?
Dr. Anil Nassa: As you know Washington Accord is an agreement between the international accreditation agencies, there are 17 at present. Every country has its own education system and every country has its own process of accreditation. Washington Accord secretariat has come up with minimum requirements of the common practices around the globe and it is known as learning outcomes and in India we call it programme outcomes. It is irrespective of the process, it is irrespective of the education system in the country, it is basically outcomes that matter. Our processes are equivalent to other countries in the world.

Dr. Anil K. NassaDr. Anil K. Nassa,
Member Secretary,
National Board of Accreditation (NBA)

NBA was started in 1994 and first accreditation was done somewhere in 1999 or 2001. It picked up in 2004 when we shifted from input-based parameter to output-based one and institutions also started approaching us for accreditation to ascertain their quality. Now AICTE has made it mandatory for increase in intake or for additional intake.

Careers360: Many of the engineering institutions have closed down in the past few years, how do you look at this?
Dr. Anil Nassa: There are two reasons, first being the number of seats available is too much and in the last two-three years as per the data available with us only 50-60 percent of seats are being filled up. The second and most important reason is the quality of education offered by these institutions and because of that students are not going there. From January 2016 we have started pre-visit qualifier, where institutions that have got less than 50  percent seats filled will not be able to apply reaccreditation or fresh application; they will also not be eligible for accreditation.

Careers360: How do you look at the National Institutional Ranking Framework as the NBA is also playing an important role in this?
Dr. Anil Nassa: It is new concept, let’s see how things happen, it is a very good step taken by the government. Yes, NBA is also involved in the ranking and it is a step towards making public aware where exactly the institution stands. First year might not be that good but definitely in near future NIRF is going to be a remarkable thing. 

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