So far only IIT degrees were automatically recognised abroad. Graduates of other engineering colleges had to go through the credit evaluation process by outside agencies (such as World Education Services) to get admission to foreign universities for higher studies.
Now with Indian government signing the Washington Accord with advanced countries (such as US, UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, etc.) the degrees awarded by about 1530 engineering colleges approved by AICTE (All India Council Of Technical Education-an apex body and watch dog for the quality standard of engineering colleges) will be automatically approved by the foreign universities. This is a land mark decision by our government and it will benefit our engineering graduates to get suitable job and for study abroad without much hassle. It is estimated that about 40,000 engineers migrate abroad each year, either for study or for work.
Indian engineering degrees now accredited in the US
Aziz Haniffa in Washington DC
July 05, 2007
In a significant development, Indian engineering degrees will now be accredited in the United States and will be internationally recognised.
This follows India's induction into the prestigious Washington Accord, an international agreement between registering bodies of member countries accrediting academic engineering programmes, at the university level, leading to the practice of engineering at the full professional level.
Arguing the case successfully on behalf of India at the 8th biennial meeting of the International Engineering Meetings 2007 in Washington, DC last month was a delegation led by Prof Damodar Acharya, chairman of the Delhi-based All India Council for Technical Education, who, on July 1, assumed the directorship of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; Ravi Mathur, joint secretary (technical), ministry of human resource development; and Prof Prasad Krishna, member secretary, National Board of Accreditation.
They were joined by Kamal Kant Dwivedi, counselor at the Indian Embassy and the government of India's point man for science and technology in Washington.
Comprehensive reviews of the Washington Accord are performed at intervals of not more than six years and in terms of the agreement, each registering body accepts the accrediting processes of the other member countries.
The founding signatories of the Accord in 1989 were: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, USA; Canadian Council of Professional Engineers; Engineering Council, EC, UK; Institution of Engineers of Ireland; Institution of Engineers, Australia; and Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand.
Currently, the Washington Accord member countries are: The US, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, with Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan being provisional members.