Need of Accreditation
Accreditation of educational Institutions/programmes is a global practice and its need has been felt by various developing and developed countries for one or more of the following purposes.
- Funding decisions
- State recognition of qualification/ certification of professionals
- Accountability of Institutions to stakeholders
- Encouraging self improvement initiatives by Institutions
- Quality assurance of educational programme
Accreditation may be summarized as a process, based on professional judgment, for evaluating whether or not an educational Institution or programme meets specified standards of educational quality. Its primary purpose is to assure prospective students and public that graduates of an Institution, conducting various programmes, have achieved a minimum level of competence in their chosen fields of study, thus serving as a form of consumer protection. In many countries, accreditation is the legal responsibility of ministry of education or other governmental agencies.