India enters the list of permanent members of Washington Accord (WA)


Another good news for engineering students and the reason to celebrate is a ‘major boost’ for India’s technical and engineering programmes.

India has become a permanent signatory to the Washington Accord (WA). The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, between the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries. Established in 1989, the signatories as of 2014 are Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. One more to enter the list is India. Washington Accord is an international agreement among prominent nations of the world, with the charter of promoting mobility and quality assurance of engineers across international boundaries.

By this, the situation provides India with ‘global mobility’ to the technical and engineering grads of India as well as enhances their ‘employment opportunities’ around the world.

The HRM, Smriti Irani says this will be a major boost and will ensure highest quality assurance standards to be implemented in our technical and engineering programmes and provide global mobility to our engineering graduates. The graduates having degrees will also be accredited she added. This would lead to substantial international equivalence of their achievement levels across the signatory nations and substantially enhance employment opportunities around the world.

The announcement came following a meeting of the International Engineering Alliance of WA member countries in New Zealand. According to reports, The charter requires that nations set up suitable accreditation standards, which would ensure a minimum quality of attainment for their engineering graduates.



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