4th world summit on accreditation (WOSA-2018)

Why in News?

  • Union Minister for HRD has inaugurated 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) at New Delhi.
  • Ministry highlighted that we need to cover each and every institution under accreditation but right now the number of accredited institutions is very less.
  • Only 15% institutions come under accreditation and 85% institutions are still not coming for accreditation.
  • World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) 2018:
  •  It is a biennial Summit organised by NBA, which provides platform to stakeholders to share their knowledge and information on accreditation.
  • NBA has already organised three Summits in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
  •  All these Summits were well attended (WOSA 2012 was attended by 800 participants, WOSA 2014 was attended by 850 participants and WOSA 2016 was attended by 800 participants).
  •  Continuing this tradition, NBA is organizing WOSA 2018 with focus on “CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN OUTCOME BASED ACCREDITATION”.
  • The Summit will facilitate exchange of information on various challenges being faced during the transition between input-output based accreditation to outcome based accreditation.
  • The discussion and global participation in WOSA 2018 will bring about new ideas and help in establishing new trends of identifying opportunities and challenges in professional and technical education world-wide.

Expected Outcomes:

  • WOSA 2018 is an opportunity for academia and the industry to explore avenues for future partnerships and to create an environment for open dialogue to facilitate mobility of students and professionals world-wide to gain international experience.
  • The educational institutions will have an opportunity to interact with industry, policy makers and accreditation agencies from the globe and learn about their perspectives.
  • It will also be a unique chance for the educational institutions to develop and fortify ties with the industry.
  •  Industry would be able to interact with educational institutions and accrediting agencies for exchanging views on their requirements of quality manpower and accreditation parameters.

Why less accredited institutions in India?

  • It may be for two reasons first some institutions do not want to come under accreditation.
  • And the second we have some restriction in our own accreditation mechanism.
  •  Hence government wants to increase the strength of NBA and NAAC so that more number of institutions can be accredited.

Importance of Ranking:

  • Ranking and rating increase competitiveness among institutions for better performance.
  •  Under NIRF every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve the ranking. Students also see institutions ranking before taking admission.
  • ·         The government wants to boost quality education in the country therefore every year it is closing some non-performing institutions.
  • ·         The Ministry is promoting expansion and autonomy of the institutions and benchmark for the same is quality. It has declared such Institutes of Eminence which are completely autonomous.

National Board of Accreditation (NBA):

  • The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  •  Engaged in quality assurance of the programs offered by the professional and technical institutions in India through accreditation.
  •  NBA has been accorded Permanent Signatory Status of Washington Accord since June, 2014.
  •  It has adopted internationally implemented outcome-based assessment and accreditation, to ensure that the graduates of the NBA accredited programs is globally competent and relevant.
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