National Board of Accreditation (NBA)
Why NBA Accreditation
“NBA” stands for the National Board of Accreditation which is an accreditation agency representing India in the Washington Accord (WA). The Washington Accord is an agreement between bodies that accredit or recognize higher-level engineering qualifications. NBA is one such autonomous accrediting body in India, which deals with the accreditation of engineering and various technical institutions based on the quality of education being offered. The guidelines outlined by the NBA act as parameters to certify institutions.
The purpose of the accreditation by NBA is to promote and recognize excellence in technical education in colleges and universities - at both the undergraduate and post graduate levels. Accreditation certificate acts as an educational quality assurance factor for students whereas, for an institution, it opens the door to various opportunities like getting autonomous status, funds & grants from the government to improve the operational processes of the institution.
The Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering offers Eight UG programmes (Bachelor of Technology, BTech) in Electronics & Telecommunication, Computer, Mechanical, Civil, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Automation & Robotics, and Computer Science & Business Systems. Six PG programs MTech (Electronics & Telecommunication - VLSI & Embedded Systems), MTech (Computer Engineering) , MTech (Mechanical-Design), MTech (Civil-Structural), MBA, MCA and recognized Ph.D research center in Electronics & Telecommunication, Civil and Mechanical Engineering affiliated to SPPU, Pune. All eligible UG programs have been accredited three times by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) New Delhi.
Outcome based education
Outcome based education is targeted at achieving desirable outcomes (in terms of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour) at the end of a program. Teaching with this awareness and making the associated effort constitutes outcome based education. This entails a regular methodology for ascertaining the attainment of outcomes, and benchmarking these against the program outcomes consistent with the objectives of the program.
In the year 2009, NBA aligned its methodology with international benchmarks and started accreditation on the basis of outcomes. It believes that educational quality must be measured by outcomes rather than inputs, because inputs do not necessarily correlate with quality outcomes. Outcomes are dependent not only on inputs but also on the processes followed by an institution to convert inputs into defined outcomes.