Only 7,000 institutions out of around 15 lakh are accredited in India, which is around just 0.5%. This number was made public on Monday during a one-day colloquium in Mumbai on quality assurance and accreditation of educational programmes. The National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), which released a self-assessment tool to help schools become familiar with the procedure, is considering introducing incentives to attract more schools to apply for accreditation.
The National Education Policy (NEP) recommendations align with NABET accreditation, which is anticipated to assist parents in making an informed decision at the time of admission. Only 7,000 of India’s approximately 15 million schools currently hold the accreditation. The National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) is currently advocating that schools, like colleges and institutions, choose accreditation in line with the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 to assist parents in making an informed decision at the time of admission.
Why Is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation is very important to evaluate our educational system when moving toward a global level. Elaborating on the current status and the road map, NABET Chairperson P R Mehta said, “Incentivisation is one of the suggestions to promote accreditation among schools. But the process has to remain voluntary. Looking at the variety of schools, making it mandatory will not help. Each school will take a different amount of time to perform, depending on the kind of resources available. The idea is to bring in more participation to ensure quality enhancement.”
Stating that accreditation involves conducting independent audits of educational organizations based on their infrastructure, instructional methods, and student outcomes, Mr Mehta added, “We want to foster a research climate in classrooms and aim to raise standards and quality and offer a chance at equality. The current imperative is to impart knowledge on holistic growth.”
India may now compare its educational policies to those of other countries, according to G Viswanathan, chancellor of the Vellore Institute of Technology. “We have spent 3.5% on education over the past 75 years, which should be raised. In the wealthy nations of the globe, spending on education is very high. The government must provide accredited, high-quality education in schools.”
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(With Inputs from careerindia)