National Board of Accreditation (NBA): Latest News 2020

What is National Board of Accreditation (NBA)?

The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is one of the two major bodies responsible for accreditation of higher education institutions in India, along with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

National Board of Accreditation (NBA)

NBA accredits technical programmes, such engineering and management programmes, while NAAC accredits general colleges and universities. NBA is a full member of the Washington Accord.


Key Description of National Board of Accreditation

Chairperson: Surendra Prasad

Founded: September 1994

Type of Business: Autonomous from 2010

Formation: 1994

Affiliations: Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development

Headquarters: New Delhi, India




NBA was established by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 1994 and operated as an autonomous body since 2010. In 2014 it was granted a full membership status in the Washington Accord.


Programs Accredited

The NBA accredits programmes and not institutes. These include diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Accredited fields include

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Architecture
  • Applied Arts And Crafts
  • Computer Applications
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism Management.

While accreditation is voluntary, in 2017 the AICTE announced that it will not provide approval for institutes which failed to accredit at least half of their programs.