National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF)
Across India, many learners are studying for qualifications by taking part in education and training/skills programmes. Through these programmes, they develop the knowledge, skills and competence they need for jobs and future careers.
Quality lies at the heart of effective education and training / skills programmes. Learners, employers and the public need to be assured that the training and qualifications provided through education and training / skills programmes of a high quality, regardless of where they are delivered and assessed. The National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) aims to improve the quality of all education and training/skills programmes in India.
The NQAF provides the benchmarks or quality criteria which the different organisations involved in education and training must meet in order to be accredited to provide education and training/skills activities. This is applicable to all organizations offering NSQF-compliant qualifications
The NQAF Manuals provide guidance for different groups of organisations, describing what each needs to do to meet the quality criteria.
National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) Manuals
1. National Quality Assurance Framework Overview Manual
This Manual provides an overview of the entire NQAF and incorporates the NQAF vision, objectives, operating principles and indicators of quality. It is supported by a subset of seven other Manuals. It provides a synopsis of each of the other seven Manuals that, along with the Overview Manual, constitute the complete set of NQAF Manuals. This sub-set of Manuals are as follows:
2. Registration of NSQF Qualifications Manual
This Manual will provide information on the QA process for registering NSQF qualifications, evidence requirements (industry needs, avoidance of duplication), use of NSQF qualifications, alignment to NSQF levels, pathway information etc.
3. Accreditation of Training and Education Institutions Manual
This Manual covers the application and self-evaluation process, site visits, NQAF Compliance and Skill India Accreditation rating levels, quality improvement plans, data collection and dissemination responsibilities, governance requirements, skills of teachers and assessors, equipment requirements, etc.
4. Accreditation of Assessment Bodies and QA in Assessment Manual
Along with the requirements that are similar to those for Training/Education Institutions, this Manual includes processes to ensure consistency in assessment decisions and assessor skills.
5. National Quality Assurance Framework Auditor’s Manual
This Manual provides the audit processes and procedures and is meant to assist quality auditors with the process of auditing Training/Education Institutions and Assessment Bodies for Skill India Accreditation. The Manual covers the kinds of evidence that auditors should collect from Training/ Education Institutions and Assessment Bodies
6. Risk Assessment Framework Manual
This Manual covers using the risk assessment rubric and indicators to identify an organisation’s risk profile to determine frequency of audits and risk of non- compliance.
7. Quality Assurance of Industry Bodies Manual
This Manual provides QA information on NOS development and industry consultations, qualification evidence and data collection requirements, information on communication about the NSQF and alignment to NSQF levels.
8. Quality Assurance for National and State Level Bodies Manual
This Manual specifically covers NSQF implementation and provides information on how the NQAF objectives can be monitored and quality improvements evaluated by appropriate national and state level bodies. It also lays down data collection requirements and interim arrangements for implementation of NQAF.