The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is planning to acquire signatory status in the Washington Accord by June 2013. If successful, the move would benefit engineering students who want to land jobs in the US and other Western countries after graduation.
This will also enhance the acceptability of degrees that are accredited by the NBA for pursuing higher studies.
India has possessed a provisional status in the Washington Accord since 2007. Once the country joins the elite club of the Washington Accord, its engineering degrees will get international accreditation. "Yes, we are working very hard to meet the target of becoming a permanent member of the Washington Accord. This time, we do not want to take any chances," says DK Paliwal, member secretary of the Board.
"It is like an exam. To ensure that we don't fail, we are taking all the essential steps. We have embarked on an intensive training programme involving colleges and universities. Then we will train the evaluators...," he said.
Elaborating, Paliwal said field visits would be undertaken to the institutions from October. "We will then call our two mentors in December. The mentors will give their report to the Accord. We will make every effort to ensure that the report is positive."
Accreditation of around 70 programmes (20 applications from institutions) would qualify the NBA to apply for permanent membership to the Washington Accord. Once this number is achieved, it would invite its mentors to review preparedness for permanent membership.