What is Washington Accords and why do we need it??
The Washington accord is an international agreement between different bodies that accredits the engineering and other technical undergrad programs.
Our government has been working on this treaty for some time now. The basic idea behind this accord is to improve the quality and to create a standardised evaluation criteria among the technical undergrad/grad programmes globally. This accord, when in full effect, is going to affect our national economy and career opportunities considerably. WA is mainly focused on creating a substantial equivalence over the engineering and technical courses accredited by all its signatory members.
This means that gradually, there will be an effective interchange of international resources in this sector and the member countries could work hand in hand for the both educational and industrial development.The WA, when in practise, will foster the mobility of students across the international boundaries. Our students here in India could reach for the career opportunities from many foreign nations that were previously unattainable because of the lateral dissimilarities of our courses. Now, the programmes offered by our universities are about to be equivalent to the international standards and are started to be considered valid globally.
What there is to read from this is; now there is an opening for the foreign students to apply for the Indian technical courses. This will result in a mutual information interchange which will improve both our national economy and professional sector. This could also mean that finally, the lack of innovative ventures in our country might be straightened out.
The WA was originally signed among six countries in 1989. India was made a provisional member of Washington Accord in 2007.The road to becoming a permanent member did not come easy for India as we have been working towards it for several years. The credit goes to our ministry of human resource development(MHRD) and the All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE).
Its current members include: Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.