PEC becomes Washington Accord member.
According to a press release issued by the PEC, "With this entry, PEC's accreditation system will get an international recognition after full compliance.
The graduates from PEC-accredited programmes will be facilitated for education and employment purposes in member countries on completion of the membership process."
Full membership of the Washington Accord for Pakistan is likely after two years, which would bring its academic programmes, curriculum and syllabus, examination and evaluation system at par with international standards and revise its accreditation system to fully make it result-oriented.
However, after becoming a provisional member of the Washington Accord, other signatory member countries would provide mentoring support to Pakistan, while PEC would also be able to participate in the accreditation activities of member countries.
The proposal for Pakistan's membership was placed before the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) meeting 2010 at Ottawa, Canada, by the PEC delegation consisting of PEC Chairperson Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, members of the PEC board of governors Fazal A Khalid and Dr M Akbar and Dr Nasir M Khan, PEC additional registrar (accreditation).
Thanking Dr Winfred M Phillips, the chair of the Washington Accord, Senator Rukhsana assured the Washington Accord members of their full compliance to the prescribed benchmark.
Washington Accord: The Washington Accord is an international agreement among registering bodies of member countries accrediting academic engineering programmes at the university level, leading to the practice of engineering at the full professional level.
Regular quality review is an important function to maintain international quality. In terms of this agreement, each registering body accepts the accrediting processes of the others.
The accord recognises substantial equivalence of programmes accredited by those organisations and recommends that the graduates of accredited programmes, in any of the signatory countries, be recognised by the other countries as having met the academic requirements for entry into the practice of engineering.
The founding signatories of the Accord in 1989 were: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) - USA, Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE), Engineering Council (EC UK), Institution of Engineers of Ireland (IEI), Institution of Engineers, Australia (IEAust), and Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand (IPENZ).
At present, Washington Accord member countries are Australia, the US, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and Singapore.
The provisional members are Germany, Russia, Sri Lanka and India.
The membership of the Washington Accord is a recognition of the quality of engineering education offered in a country and an avenue to bring it into world class category.
PEC is the only authorised statutory body in Pakistan entrusted with the task of undertaking accreditation and registration of Engineering and technology education programmes.
All engineering programmes are accredited by PEC. The council evaluates the quality of programmes offered by educational institutions at all degree levels.
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