National Board of Accreditation

The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is one of the two major bodies responsible for accreditation of higher education institutions in India, along with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).[1] NBA accredits technical programmes, such engineering and management programmes, while NAAC accredits general colleges and universities.[2] NBA is a full member of the Washington Accord.

National Board of Accreditation
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TypeAutonomus from 2010
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Surendra Prasad
AffiliationsDepartment of Higher Education, MHRD


NBA was established by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 1994 and operated as an autonomous body since 2010.[3] In 2014 it was granted a full membership status in the Washington Accord.[4]

Programs accreditedEdit

The NBA accredits programmes and not institutes. These include diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Accredited fields include engineering & technology, management, pharmacy, architecture, applied arts and crafts, computer applications and hospitality and tourism management.[5]

While accreditation is voluntary, in 2017 the AICTE announced that it will not provide approval for institutes which failed to accredit at least half of their programs.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kohli, Gauri (21 March 2017). "Global drive planned to check fake colleges and universities". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ Mohanty, Basant Kumar (2 January 2017). "IITs loath to take up accreditation role". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "National Board of Accreditation". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Boost for techies as Ind now full member of Washington Accord". Zee News. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Program Accreditated by NBA". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ Nanda, Prashant K. (12 April 2017). "How AICTE wants engineering, B-Schools to improve students' job readiness". Mint. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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