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Washington Accord Accreditation for Odisha’s KIIT varsity


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 17:

Engineering programme of KIIT University in Odisha has got accreditation from National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in Tier 1 Format, recognized by Washington Accord, a KIIT release said today.

kiit-university-notifies-kiitee-2013KIIT is among only six institutions in India, shortlisted by NBA in the first phase for accreditation to the Washington Accord which would enable global recognition to its degrees and increase the mobility of its engineering graduates to the UK , the USA and other countries for higher study and jobs.

‘NBA Tier 1’ accreditation was awarded on the basis of the high quality of academics in KIIT University, transparency in governance system, performance of alumni in industries and entrepreneurship.

Programmes accredited include Electronics & Telecommunications, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering of Schools of Engineering of KIIT University.

NBA, New Delhi got its permanent membership to Washington Accord in June this year. The Washington Accord is an international accreditation agreement for professional engineering academic degrees, among the bodies responsible for accreditation in its signatory countries. The Accord was signed in 1989 as an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes.

Besides the UK and USA, some 17 countries, such as Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey are signatories to it. Henceforth students of KIIT will not face any entrance examination to take admission in Universities of these seventeen countries after getting this accreditation.

After getting the message, students of KIIT and their parents expressed happiness that students of KIIT would now get greater flexibility and have degrees recognized globally. Expressing his satisfaction, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS thanked the NBA, New Delhi for awarding this coveted accreditation to KIIT. As a result of the recognition from Washington Accord, global employment opportunities of KIIT engineering students would go up substantially, he added.