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India gets permanent membership of Washington Accord

LiveMint logoLiveMint 13-06-2014 Prashant K. Nanda

New Delhi: Ending a decade-long wait, India on Friday became a permanent member of the important Washington Accord, an elite international treaty on engineering studies and mobility of engineers across signatory countries including the US, the UK and Australia.

Permanent membership reflects on the country’s stature in the technical education space; despite efforts for years, India has been just a provisional member since 2007.

“India gets permanent membership of the Washington Accord. Congratulations to the team in HRD,” Smriti Irani, human resource development (HRD) minister, said in a Twitter post.

“In a major boost to technical education and engineering programmes, India on today (Friday) joined a select group of 17 countries who are permanent signatories of the Washington Accord (WA). The meeting of the International Engineering Alliance of WA member countries met in Wellington, New Zealand, this morning and gave India the signatory status with effect from today,” the ministry said in a separate statement.

“This will ensure highest quality assurance standards to be implemented in our technical and engineering programmes and provide global mobility to our engineering graduates,” Irani said. “This will substantially enhance their employment opportunities around the world.”

The Washington Accord came into force in 1989 with six developed countries as initial members.

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