NBA reaches out to IITs and NITs

: The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is keen on engaging senior industry professionals as its volunteers to conduct assessment and accreditation of technical institutes.

The board is also reaching out to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and “many other reputed” institutions to engage their senior faculties as its volunteers for carrying out assessment and accreditation of technical institutes. The move comes after India became full signatory of the Washington Accord in effect from June 14 this year. 

As the signing of the Accord made it easier for the Indian engineers to get plum jobs in the US or anywhere in the developed world, the NBA is being flooded with applications from technical institutes seeking accreditation.

“We need a huge number of volunteers, because of the number of programmes we have to accredit. The number of applications that we are getting is large. We are trying to reach out to the communities of academics and industry, who will serve as volunteers in terms of programme evaluators and mentorship,” a senior official of the NBA told Deccan Herald.

The NBA is reaching out to India Inc through industry bodies — Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and Federation of Indian  Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).With signing of the Washington Accord, engineering programmes accredited by the NBA under tier-I category will be treated as equivalent in the member countries. 

The US, UK, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey are among the 17 signatories of the Accord.

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