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The National Authority for Regulation in Accreditation of Higher Education Bill, which makes accreditation of courses mandatory, is pending in Parliament, but Anna University has already planned to make it compulsory for all the 525 engineering colleges affiliated to it.
“We are going to make it mandatory for all self – financing colleges to get accreditation for eligible courses. We will keep reminding them to go in for voluntary accreditation till they do it,” said Vice – Chancellor P Kaliraj.
The latest data shows that one in five engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu now offers accredited courses. The state’s rating has slipped since 2009, when 164 technical institutions offered accredited courses, the highest in the country.
With accreditation being outcome-based, the objective is to bring out employable graduates and innovators. If all courses in all colleges get accreditation, students can graduate from any college and be given the same opportunities in industry. “There will be no difference between a student passing out from Guindy College of Engineering and one graduating from a college in Kanyakumari,” prof Kaliraj said.
The Vice – Chancellor said incentives such as a waiver in affiliation fee would be offered to colleges applying to the National Accreditation Board ( NAB ). Colleges are allowed to collect higher fees for accredited courses. While a government quota seat in a non – accredited course costs 40,000, an accredited course costs 45,000.
Academics believe many institutions don’t seek accreditation even after several years because they know they will fail. There are some colleges that are 15 years old and have still not applied for accreditation. “Accreditation is the only means to judge the quality of a course,” said educational consultant P Moorthy Selvakumaran. Employers prefer students who have completed accredited courses. Even many embassies offer visas only to students who pass out of accredited courses, he said.
The NAB has changed the process this year, varying the weightage for different parameters for autonomous institutions and university departments, and affiliated institutions. It has given a higher weightage for faculty profiles, improvements made by the institution, curriculum drafted and the programme outcome for autonomous institutions and universities, while bringing down the weightage for organisation and governance, teaching-learning processes, students’ entry and first – year performance.
With affiliated institutions the focus is on the performance of students in the programme, facilities and technical support, improvements made in the programme, and curriculum. The NAB has reduced weightage for the students’ entry and first-year performance, and the programme educational objectives.
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