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The NBA Accreditation Stamp. Credit: www.trrinstitutions.com

With the advent of IT and its expanse, students find it lucrative to pursue their Bachelors in Engineering because of the glam that accompanies it and the relatively short time required for its completion. This has resulted in the increased demand for good educational institutions. Private technological institutes are burgeoning across the length and breadth of the country to meet the surge in the demand. The number of students taking up graduation in the domain of technology has increased manifold in the past 5 -6 years. But does it mean that all of these institutions are equipped and qualified enough to offer a Bachelors degree? (Picture: The NBA Accreditation Stamp. Credit: www.trrinstitutions.com)

Educational accreditation provides an answer to this question. Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body called the National Board of Accreditation [NBA] to determine if applicable standards are met. Domain of aspects that come under the purview of this process are the standards of pedagogic methods, infrastructure and above all the efficacy of the institution in making a graduate of every student who joins the institute.

When asked if any of this matters to the students entering their graduation, “Yes, it should be a crucial consideration when joining an institution as it is the basis for our future. I would surely keep in mind the accreditation factor while choosing my college,” says Manasa, an engineering enthusiast, who just cleared her EAMCET exam. On the lighter side, there’s Prithvi who shares, “It shouldn’t really matter whether the college is accredited or not. All we need is a degree at the end”.

India has a robust system of accreditation of the professional courses well recognized by the industry within the country. There are a total of 44 colleges in Andhra Pradesh, which are accredited, out of which 14 colleges belong to Hyderabad (Source: http://www.nba-aicte.ernet.in/). How many of them truly deseve the accredited status? Now the question that squirms up is whether this certification that is being provided is pragmatic or not! Accreditation surely implies that the college is well-accomplished and thus, for any accredited course of engineering taken up by a student, an additional fee of Rs.3000 per annum is charged by the institutes. The minimum expenditure incurred by the institution to obtain an accreditation ranges from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh per course (includes cost of the application form and other formalities). Prof. K. Rama Linga Reddy, the HOD of the ETM department of GNITS opines, “The concept of accreditation, when used in its right sense to improve the overall facilities of an institution, would be beneficial for the students as well as the society. The certification shouldn’t be exploited.”

GNITS: An Accredited College in Hyderabad. Credit: Enigmaitc Euphony

GNITS: An Accredited College in Hyderabad. Credit: Enigmaitc Euphony

The question that follows is, does this effect the student’s decision in joining a particular institution? “Serious thinking needs be put in while choosing an institute. Accreditation may not be the complete solution but sure has its advantages because many educational institutions in the country flaunt in vain as the facilities and infrastructure they promise to provide, fail utterly and disappointingly. It is nothing but a braggadocio,” asserts Sudhir Kumar of IIIT, Allahabad. “I have totally lost faith on these certifications, how else would colleges like JBIET and CVR get accredited when there are many other colleges that offer better amenities,” concludes Rohit, an engineering student. On the other hand, there are good many educational institutions that facilitate the students with a good class infrastructure and facilities. At the end of the day, emphasis needs to be laid on the matters of utmost importance such as the infrastructure and faculty to get into an institute.

For details on the accredited colleges, visit the official site of the NBA committee: http://www.nba-aicte.ernet.in/

Despite the re-iterated fine tuning of the accreditation procedures, there are great many educational institutions that are accredited but are below par without meeting the prime requirements. The government has to tread a step further to curb this fallacious accreditation process and put a bridle and over haul the entire process because the career of the young citizens, the to-be national representatives is at stake. More than anyone else, the students themselves need to be judicious and sapient while choosing their ‘alma mater’.

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