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Accreditation Process

The NBEAC accreditation process is composed of the following stages. The different stages are:

1.Initial Contact /Orientation

2.Formal Application

3.Eligibility Screening by Secretariat

4.Self Assessment Process

5.Guided Development

6.Peer Review Process

7.Accreditation Decision

8.Continuous Review

Initial Contact/ Orientation

This is the stage zero of the process and will be the first contact between the Business School and the secretariat.

General queries/questions from business school about accreditation process will be answered in first contact between Business School and the Secretariat.  Basic information about the business institute structure will be requested from Business School at this stage.

Business School’s Preliminary Screening

(i) Institute Profile

1.Name of the Institution

2.Date of Establishment

3.Campus Name

4.Address, Phone, Email, Fax, URL

5.Sector (Private/Public)

6.Governing Body, Phone, URL

7.Chartered by HEC (Y/N)

8.Chartered on (Date)

9.Name of the Business program(s) to be accredited

Information package

Once the preliminary screening is completed, a standard introductory package will be sent to the Business school/Institution that will include the following documents. 

I. Booklets

  • Accreditation Procedures
  • Self-Assessment Process
  • Peer Review Process
  • Guide to Eligibility

      Business School will be briefed about different stages of accreditation process and estimated time for each stage and fee structure.

Formal Application

In this stage the Business school will submit a formal application along with registration fees of Rs. 25,000/-(non-refundable) to Secretariat. Once the registration fee has been received, datasheet (Annex II-Booklet-I) containing basic information about Strategic Management, Students, Faculty and Curriculum etc. will be sent to the Business School/Institution.

Note: The Business School should submit the Datasheet back to Secretariat within 04 weeks.

Eligibility Screening by Secretariat

In this stage, Secretariat will analyze the datasheet against the eligibility standards of NBEAC.  Once declared eligible, Business School will deposit full accreditation fee of Rs.300, 000/- (Annex III,Booklet-I) to NBEAC.

If school is not declared eligible, advice on how to address shortfalls will be provided in guided development stage by NBEAC evaluator.

Note: The Secretariat should response back to the Business School within 04 weeks of datasheet receipt date.

Guided Development

Guided Development is designed to assist those Business Schools which are not considered eligible during preliminary screening. One of the evaluator from Accreditation Inspection Committee will visit Business Schools to help them in developing a strategic plan to address the shortfalls. The objective of this development plan is to reach up to a level at which the Business School qualifies for NBEAC accreditation.

Once the business School has improved and updated itself, and hence qualifies the school will submit an updated datasheet to Secretariat.

Note: The fee for the guided development is Rs.50,000/-

Self-Assessment Process (SAP)

The Self Assessment is the most significant step in the assessment process. Once the Business School is declared eligible, it should carry out an extensive SAP. The guidelines are provided in the “Self Assessment Process Booklet”.   Assistance from Secretariat can be provided if any clarification is required in filling the assessment proformas.

The self-evaluation process is designed to gain a clear understanding of School’s strategic position by assessing its principal constraints and opportunities determined by its environment, and by looking realistically at the coherence between its ambitions and resources. The process is designed to judge the overall effectiveness of School’s processes.

Strategic Management, Curriculum Quality, Students, Faculty, Research and Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Resources, International and corporate relevance are evaluated in Business School’s self assessment process. The aim of SAP is to be self-critical as well as analytical. The completed proformae will be submitted to Secretariat along with six copies so that the data can be sent to AIC/PRP.  

Note: The Business School should submit the proformae within 10-12 weeks.

Peer Review Process

Peer Review is a systematic evaluation and assessment by Accreditation Inspection Committee(AIC).Peer Review process is a 3 day (max) on site visit during which AIC will adopt various assessment methodologies i.e. meetings, site visits, interviews etc to verify the information provided by Business School in Self Assessment Proformae.

Once the evaluation is completed, the AIC will forward their findings and recommendations to Secretariat.

Note: The Peer Review Process should take no more than 12 weeks.

Accreditation decision by NBEAC Members

The recommendations of the AIC/PRP will be presented in Annual Council Meeting for final decision. Based on these recommendations the council will award one of the four possible categories.

Full Accreditation

Accreditation Category W: Degree programs meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation.

Partial Accreditation

Accreditation Category X:  Degree programs with minor shortfalls expected to meet the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation within two years.

Accreditation Category Y: Degree programs not meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation.


Accreditation Category Z: Degree programs seriously deficient in meeting the major criteria as set by the council for accreditation

Appeal Procedures

A business School may appeal against the accreditation decision. NBEAC Appeal and Complaint procedures are detailed in Booklet-I.

Conflict of Interest policy

 The Evaluators should comply with NBEAC’s procedure on Conflict of Interest and confidentiality agreement as discussed in Booklet-I.

Evaluators selection Criteria

The evaluators/subject experts of AIC will be empanelled according to the Procedure for Empanelment, Criteria and Assessment of AIC members attached as Annex VI-Booklet I.


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