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Training on OBA System of Accreditation Starts.

Islamabad -- In order to enhance capacity of engineers of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) three day training on Outcome Based Assessment (OBA) System of commenced here on Tuesday.

The training has been jointly organized by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC) for program evaluators of PEC.

Prof. Ir. Megat Johari Megat Mohammad Noor and Ir. Azlan Abdul Aziz from Board of Engineers Malaysia will conduct the technical sessions as resource persons. It will help the participants to learn about new Outcome Based Assessment System of Accreditation concepts required for quality assurance of engineering education in Pakistan to bring it at par with international standards.

Initially a batch of 40 evaluators is being trained. These trained experts would then serve as master trainers for rest of the evaluators and reviewers in the country. In order to ensure quality of engineering education, PEC regularly organizes on-site visits of expert evaluators to the engineering universities and institutions. Accreditation is awarded by PEC to the engineering universities based on evaluation reports submitted by these evaluators.

PEC has been continuously arranging accreditation training programs for the evaluators and experts since the attainment of provisional signatory status of Washington Accord of International Engineering Alliance (IEA), a consortium of engineering bodies from developed countries that recognizes the substantial equivalency of engineering educational programs accredited by those bodies and 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. Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) represented Pakistan in IEA meetings to benefit substantial equivalence of its engineering qualification and mobility of our engineering graduates across the borders. Pakistan was accepted as provisional signatory of Washington Accord in June 2010.

Both the resource persons of said training have also been nominated as mentors to evaluate Pakistan's progress on roadmap towards full signatory status of Washington Accord. In order to synchronize the accreditation procedures with international standards, PEC has been following and adopting the procedures as prescribed and practiced by other Washington Accord signatories.

The mentors would also visit engineering universities including Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad and LUMS Lahore as part of their mentoring and evaluation plan. It is expected that this mentoring visit and training workshop will pave the way in attainment of full signatory status of Washington Accord in near future.

The full signatories of Washington Accord include Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong China, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Korea and Malaysia while provisional signatories include Germany, Pakistan, India, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 13, 2013
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