Anna University: Accreditation is mandatory for all 525 Engineering Colleges

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In a strong move to to bring out employable graduates and innovators, Anna University has made accreditation mandatory for all the 525 engineering colleges affiliated to it. If all courses in all colleges get accreditation, students can graduate from any college and be given the same opportunities in the industry said university’s vice-chancellor P Kaliraj.

According to P Kaliraj, vice-chancellor, we are going to make it mandatory for all self-financing colleges to get accreditation for eligible courses. We will keep reminding them to go in for voluntary accreditation till they do it. To make it more aggressive, various incentives such as a waiver in affiliation fee would be offered to colleges applying to the National Accreditation Board (NAB). Colleges are allowed to collect higher fees for accredited courses. While a government quota seat in a non-accredited course costs 40,000, an accredited course costs 45,000, reported Times of India.

As per P Moorthy Selvakumaran, educational consultant,  many institutions don’t seek accreditation even after several years because they know they will fail. There are some colleges that are 15 years old and have still not applied for accreditation. Accreditation is the only means to judge the quality of a course. Employers prefer students who have completed accredited courses. Even many embassies offer visas only to students who pass out of accredited courses, he added.

Furthermore, the NAB has changed the process this year, varying the weightage for different parameters for autonomous institutions and university departments, and affiliated institutions. It has given a higher weightage for faculty profiles, improvements made by the institution, curriculum drafted and the programme outcome for autonomous institutions and universities, while bringing down the weightage for organisation and governance, teaching-learning processes, students’ entry and first-year performance. With affiliated institutions the focus is on the performance of students in the programme, facilities and technical support, improvements made in the programme, and curriculum.