Indian degrees to get recognised globally soon

April 25, 2014

New Delhi : Indian degrees will get recognised globally soon as India is set to get full-fledged membership status of the Washington Accord by June, a website reports.

Secretary higher education Ashok Thakur also said steps were being taken to set up National Accreditation Regulatory Authority (NARA), supplementing the country’s efforts to improve quality and meet international standards. India is a provisional member of Washington Accord since 2007 and is confident to get the full-fledged status by June when a meeting of the body is due to take place, he said.

The Accord signed in 1989 is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. So far, some 16 countries are signatories to it.

Thakur said two members were deputed by the Washington Accord to help India align its accreditation norms with the best international practices.

Talking about NARA, he said it will be an autonomous body comprising experts who will identify agencies for accrediting institutes. UGC will initiate steps to set up the body soon, he said. At present, the accreditation is provided by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

India has 723 universities, which include many institutions of national importance, 37,204 colleges and 11,356 professional schools offering diplomas. Overall, about 28.6 million students are pursuing higher education, according to an official data. Less than 25 percent of these institutions are accredited .

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