5 Things to know about Washington Accord and how it benefits India’s Engineering graduates

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India is officially a member of the Washington accord from 13th June 2014 with the permanent signatory status of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). This is considered as a significant step of progress for the higher-education sector in India. Now, how does India being part of the Washington Accord benefit Indian students?
Here are 5 things you need to know about the Washington accord and how Indian students can benefit from the same.

1) THE WASHINGTON ACCORD

The Washington Accord was originally signed among six countries in 1989, it is an International Agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting undergraduate engineering degree program. The Accord recommends that graduates of programs accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognized by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering in the area of their jurisdiction. The Washington Accord encourages and facilitates the mobility of engineering graduates and professionals at international level.
What it means is that, a student in India graduating from an institute accredited by NBA is eligible to practice as an engineer in his/her relevant  domain in any of the countries that have signed the Washington Accord. Isn’t that great?
Here are the list of countries that are signatories of the Washington Accord as of 2016.

2) The only authority capable of providing your college/university with the required accreditation

The only body eligible for accreditation of the Engineering courses which can enjoy the privileges of the Washington Accord is “National Board of Accreditation” (NBA) in India.

3) No, not all Engineering colleges are eligible

But wait, not all students who study engineering in India are eligible to enjoy the privileges of the Washington Accord. There are a few criteria for that as well.
  • Only the NBA accredited programs offered by the Tier -1 Institutions are eligible for recognition as per the Washington Accord.
  • Moreover the Tier -1 institutions should reapply for accreditation from NBA after the inclusion of India in the accord to be eligible.

4) Graduates eligible for recognition

India’s induction in the Washington Accord does not immediately guarantee the rules be applicable to all engineering graduates till date. It is applicable only to graduates in Tier- 1 institution that are re-accredited by NBA and the graduate must have completed the program after the date of acquiring the signatory status, i.e., 13th June 2014. Moreover, the institute should be re-accredited by NBA after 13th June 2014 as per the Washington Accord.

5) It does not apply for IT professionals

All the above rules are applicable for accredited engineering courses except for Information technology (IT). For Indian IT professionals to be recognized by other countries, India must sign the Seoul Accord which recognizes IT graduates of the partnering countries which are AustraliaCanadaChinese TaipeiHong Kong ChinaJapanKorea, the United Kingdom and the United States .
The Washington Accord is a step forward to better the higher-education system in India and allow Indian graduates to compete at a global stage.