India on Friday has become a permanent signatory to the Washington accord that oversees the international recognition to under graduate engineering courses.This will open bigger avenues to Indian engineering graduates at international companies and universities with immediate effect. The International Engineering Alliance, the secretariat of the Washington Accord was meeting in Wellington, New Zealand where the recognition to India was awarded, along with Sri Lanka.
India till recently was a temporary member of the alliance, now it will get permanent seat. 13 nations are signatories to the accord by 2013 – Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
“This will ensure highest quality assurance standards to be implemented in our technical and engineering programs, and will provide global mobility to our engineering graduates,” Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said.
“Graduates having degrees, which have been so accredited, would have substantial international equivalence of their achievement levels across the signatory nations. This will substantially enhance their employment opportunities around the world,” the minister added.
The Alliance had visited India through December and January and examined the accreditation processes and gave a satisfactory certificate, which was the basis for the present inclusion, explained Dr. Surendra Prasad, Chairman of India’s National Board of Accreditation who participated in the summit in New Zealand. The Washington Accord began in the year 1989.