This is good news for all those students who are pursuing or completed B-Tech and want to go abroad for further studies or seeking jobs there. Now it’s become easy from 2013. This will be possible only If India’s bid to join the Elite Washington Accord for International Accreditation is accepted. The National Board of Accreditation, under the aegis of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), plans to become a permanent member of the Washington Accord in June 2013.
Sources says that after this bid the Engineering Degree from an Indian Engineering college will have the same value as from Countries like US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Six Other Nations allow easing mobility for Indian under graduates in their country.
The accord recommends that the graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by other members as having met academic requirements for entry to engineering. “India was granted the status of a provisional member in 2007 and yet to invite the Washington Accord to audit its accreditation system, a crucial process for becoming a full member, despite the country being granted a provisional status in 2007.
Hu Hanrahan, the chair of the Washington Accord, who is in India for the first World Summit on Accreditation 2012, refused to commit to a timeline for India becoming a permanent member, saying the process was under way.
Even if India is granted membership of the accord, only about 20% of the 4,000-odd engineering institutes in the country are likely to make the cut. Till now, about 140 institutes have applied for accreditation under the new framework.
As per the provisions of National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, such accreditations are evaluated before the college commences its admission process for various programs while the present academic institutes are required to secure accreditation within 3 years.
The bill is also looking for setting up of National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher education which will look after registration process and keep a check on accreditation agencies.
So now Indian engineers have more opportunities for studying and for jobs in other countries and because of this bill Indian B-Tech degree will also become more popular and might be the level of engineering colleges will also increase.