IITs will now be accredited to National Board of Accreditation (NBA), a step aimed at smoothening India's efforts to become a full-fledged member of the Washington Accord, a grouping of 12 countries formed for standardising engineering education globally. The IIT directors will formulate a policy for getting accreditation from the NBA, the accreditation body for engineering education under All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). 'The directors will formulate a specific accreditation policy for them. The NBA will give them accreditation,' Higher Education Secretary, Ministry of HRD, R P Agrawal told reporters after the meeting of IIT Council here. The NBA, which evaluates the quality of programmes offered by educational institutions from diploma to PG level, will be a signatory to Washington Accord for ensuring cross border mobility of engineering graduates in the 12 countries.
The membership of NBA in the Washington Accord would facilitate easy exchange of ideas, mobility of engineering students and professionals at international level. As of now, none of the IITs gets their programmes accredited by the NBA. The NBA has been taking this matter with the HRD Ministry from time to time. The decision comes a few days after the AICTE revised the criteria for accreditation of institutes to bring them at par with the international level.