India has a long tradition of accreditation dating back to nearly two decades with the setting up of the National Accreditation & Assessment Council NAAC & National Board of Accreditation (NBA) both promoted in the government sector.
Accreditation is a process that goes beyond mere recognition or approval which usually a regulator does in any country. Accreditation is usually voluntary taken up with the assistance of peers with the idea of continuously improving he quality of the campuses.
The accreditation agency's role is to assess the situation on the ground first which is usually done by the institution itself based on certain parameters laid down by the agency by way of certain itinerant standards or procedures.
Accreditation grows the school and any system that does not promise to help grow the school from point A to point B and keep it growing with the same momentum is not work the money to pay for or the time needed to spend for such process. Mere endorsement of as is where is quality is not the purpose of accreditation which is what the regulator does in the first place by way of licensing or giving permission to open the business.
There are generally two different types of accreditation agencies, namely local accreditation agencies and international accreditation agencies. By definition, local agencies deal with the the norms and compliance of regulations in a given market or region while the international accreditors look beyond the local norms and certify the institutions having achieved globally accepted norms of quality
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) the American voluntary regulator provides a series of pointers for legitimate accreditation agencies which it recognises.
Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) based in Shangai China began its work in 2003 at Hong Kong and now has 166 members from 38 countries and territories. SEAA Joined the Network in 2017.
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