India has entered into the prestigious Washington Accord, an international agreement between registering bodies of member countries accrediting academic engineering programmes at the university level.
The accord covers professional engineering undergraduate degrees. Engineering technology and postgraduate-level programmes are not covered by the accord. The Washington Accord will now bring international recognition automatically to all engineering programmes accredited by the National Board of Accreditation. The accredited engineering degrees of India will be treated on a par with the U.S. degrees as well as other engineering degrees from the countries that are a party to the Washington Accord. The engineering programmes of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have already had international recognition. For NBA accreditation, it is mandatory that the institution and the programmes should be approved by the AICTE and at least two batches of students should have passed out of the programme.