Outstanding Achievement for NIT Calicut in NBA Accreditation

 Five Major B.Tech Programmes of NITC receives NBA Accreditation for 6 Years Five major B.Tech programmes offered by National Institute of Technology Calicut namely B.Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering., Electronics & Communication Engineering., and Computer Science & Engineering have been accorded with the highest accreditation status of 6 years (2022-2028) by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), New Delhi. 6 years is the maximum possible duration of accreditation where “Not Accredited” or “Accredited for 3 years” being the other two possible status. 

The present result of NIT Calicut is based on the inspection visit of an expert committee composed of 11 senior professors from top Institutions in the country during 11-13 November 2022. The committee evaluated all aspects of these 5 programmes with a special emphasis on the data during the period 2019-22 during which all academic institutions in the country experienced several challenges due to Covid pandemic. While the programmes offered by colleges affiliated to other universities in the country come under Tier-II accreditation process, all NITs and other Deemed Universities come under the TierI scheme, which is known to be much more stringent in terms of most of the quality assessment parameters. Moreover, the current evaluation was done based on the new format introduced by the NBA in the year 2021 which is tough to achieve as compared to previous formats in practice. NIT Calicut is one of the very few institutions in the country to achieve this feat. 

On this occasion, Director Prof.Prasad Krishna told, “This reiterates the outstanding quality that NIT Calicut ensures for the teaching and research. Over the last few years, we have conducted a few faculty recruitments which also have helped us to achieve this laurel. I congratulate all my faculty members, students, alumni and employers for their consistent efforts and exemplary contributions. As India is a full signatory in washington accord now, this achievement will help our students to secure admissions in top universities of the world for higher studies as well as employment all over the world- particularly in US, Europe and Middle-East” Prof. P. S. Sathidevi, Deputy Director and Chairperson, Centre for Quality Assurance & Enhancement said “The Centre for Quality Assurance and Enhancement at NITC and Office of Dean (Academic) are taking concerted efforts to ensure the academic quality of the programmes offered in the Institute. Regular Academic Audit is conducted to ensure that the highest levels of academic and research quality are maintained in the Institute. 

The remarkable achievement of six year accreditation for the five UG programmes by the NBA is indeed a pointer to the quality conscious academic environment in the Institute”. “In Tier-I format, NBA considers the performance of the programmes on multiple aspects such as Course Outcomes and Program Outcomes, Program Curriculum and Teaching-Learning Processes, Students’ Performance, Faculty Contributions, Institute Resources, Governance and Continuous Improvement. Outstanding achievement in almost all these criteria is required in order to get 6 years accreditation. This shows the non-compromising attitude of students and faculty members in the teaching-learning process even during the challenging time of Covid and ensures the global competencies of our graduates”, Prof. Sameer S. M., Dean (Academic) said. 

NBA came into existence as an independent autonomous body with effect from January 2010 with the objectives of assurance of quality and relevance to technical education, especially of the programs in professional and technical disciplines, i.e., Engineering and Technology, Management, Architecture, Pharmacy and Hotel Management and Catering Technology, through the mechanism of accreditation of programs offered by technical institutions. The NBA conducts evaluation of programs of technical institutes on the basis of laid down norms as prescribed by the Washington accord, a global consortium of accreditation bodies of 22 countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia and India. 

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