The 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) was inaugurated by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar at New Delhi on September 8, 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, the HRD Minister said there is a need to cover each and every institution under accreditation but right now the number of accredited institutions is very less. Currently, only 15 per cent institutions come under accreditation and 85 per cent institutions are still not coming for accreditation.
Explaining the same, Javadekar said that it may be because of two reasons, first of which is that some institutions do not want to come under accreditation and second that there are some restrictions in our own accreditation mechanism.
Therefore, the government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) so that more number of institutions can be accredited.
Why do Institutions need ‘Rankings and Rating’?
The ranking and rating help increase competition among institutions for better performance.
For example, because of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve the ranking.
Besides, the students also see the institution’s rank before taking admission.
• The World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) was organised by NBA from September 7-9 in New Delhi.
• The theme of WOSA 2018 was ‘challenges and opportunities in outcome-based accreditation’.
• Papers were invited on the following sub-themes:-
- Achieving Excellence through Learning Outcomes.
- Role of Industry in Technical Education.
- Ranking and Rating of Higher Education Institutions – Do they have a role in quality improvement?
- Linking Government Funding with Quality.
- Use of ICT in Accreditation in Large Jurisdictions.
• The summit saw participation from many eminent academicians, industry professionals, policy makers, representatives of Washington Accord signatories and leaders from accrediting agencies from India and abroad.
The summit was aimed at facilitating the 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 aimed to bring about new ideas and help in establishing new trends of identifying opportunities and challenges in professional and technical education worldwide.
• The summit gave 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 worldwide to gain international experience.
• It also gave the educational institutions an opportunity to interact and fortify ties with the industry, policymakers and accreditation agencies from around the globe and learn about their perspectives.
• It also provided a platform to the Industry to be able to interact with educational institutions and accrediting agencies for exchanging views on their requirements of quality manpower and accreditation parameters.
• The accreditation agencies from across the world were also provided with a common platform to share best practices, insights and to enhance their understanding of accreditation.
• The World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) is a biennial Summit organised by NBA, which provides a platform to stakeholders to share their knowledge and information on accreditation.
• NBA has already organised three Summits in 2012, 2014 and 2016 with the themes “Achieving Excellence through Accreditation”, “International Recognition of Education Qualifications” and “Quality Assurance through Outcome Based Accreditation” respectively.
• All these summits were well attended. While the 2012 edition had 800 participants, WOSA 2014 was attended by 850 participants and WOSA 2016 was attended by 800 participants.
• The deliberations were appreciated by academia, industry and policymakers.
• The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
• It is engaged in quality assurance of the programs offered by the professional and technical institutions in India through accreditation.
• The 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 are globally competent and relevant.
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