IITs agree to get accredited by NBA
After years of procrastination, IITs have agreed to get themselves accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). However, the HRD Ministry has given these premier institutions freedom to conduct the review themselves and submit the report to the NBA. IITs have been asked to put more efforts to reinvigorate its brand in order to enhance its chances of making it to esteemed ‘QS Ranking’ of best institutions.
The internal departmental review would be completed by December 2013. For external peer review, a panel of ten names of eminent persons from industry and academia would be sent to the HRD ministry by October 2013.
How would accreditation of IITs help India?
IITs accreditation would help India become a part of the Washington Accord, an international pact among accrediting agencies of 14 countries that recognizes engineering degree programmes of each other. India is currently a provisional member of the Washington Accord. One of the main criteria for any country to be part of the Accord is that its engineering degrees should be accredited.
The HRD Ministry also took a number of decisions on the basis of the recommendations made by the Anil Kakodkar committee in order to increase the number of PhDs from IITs. As per Kakodkar panel, at least 10,000 PhDs should be graduating from 2024-25. The HRD Ministry has also requested the chairman of National Coordination Board (NCB) of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to allow third year BTech students from centrally funded technical institutions with Cumulative Performance Index of 7.00 to appear in GATE. The matter is under consideration of Kakodkar panel.