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President boosts international remit in India

Reported by Damian Arnold E-mail: damiana@construct.emap.co.uk

INSTITUTIONS IN Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh signed agreements of co-operation towards mutual recognition of civil engineering degrees with the ICE during this year's Presidential tour of the Indian sub continent.

'We are still a long way from mutual recognition agreements in these countries,' said ICE President Roger Sainsbury after the 61-meeting trip. 'The co-operation agreements make available certain ICE facilities to civil engineers from these regions and are a signpost towards full mutual accreditation.'

The President's drive for new membership in the Indian sub continent took in the following stops on his whistle-stop tour.

Pakistan

Lahore, 16 February: Lahore University of Engineering and Technology. Vice chancellor confirmed that the university wanted ICE accreditation for its civil engineering department.

John Whitwell said: 'He queried the costs of ICE membership and mentioned that ASCE was active in Pakistan and had reduced its subscriptions. We confirmed our subs had been reduced by 80% for international members.'

Recitation of the Koran at a meeting with the Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP) was followed by the signing of a co-operation agreement and a planned ICE/IEP congress in Karachi.

Karachi, 17 February: Accreditation committee of the Pakistan Engineering Council. PEC agreed to work with the ICE on any accreditation carried out in Pakistan.

India

New Delhi, 18 February: Meeting with British High Commissioner Sir Rob Young. Young agreed to support the ICE's Indian initiative by including an ICE press release in the Indo British newsletter.

Meeting with India's National Board for Accreditation. A joint ICE/IEE accreditation visit in April was confirmed.

Co-operation agreement signed with the Institution of Engineers India.

Chennai, 24 February: Visit to the biggest construction firm in India - Larsen and Toubro. John Whitwell said: 'Regional manager Mr Ramakrishna agreed they would work with us on the establishment of an ICE training scheme.'

Hydrabad, 25 February: Visit to the National Academy of Construction which co-ordinates training and promotional bodies in the Indian construction industry.

Regional training manager of Larsen Toubro N Bhaskajaraju urged the ICE to provide an engineering training scheme.

Sri Lanka

Colombo, 26 February: Meeting with Institution of Civil Engineers Sri Lanka. 'The meeting reviewed progress over the last four years,' John Whitwell said. 'Potential for new ICE members from Morotua and Peredeniya universities was said to be about 100 a year if the ICE's 80% discount for international members stayed.'

Colombo, 27 February: Visit to Morotua University. Since accreditation, a civil engineering diploma had been established with an annual intake of 100. Professor Wijesekera pledged to recruit graduates for ICE membership.

Kandy, 1 March: Peredeniya University. John Whitwell confirmed that new international members would not have to register with the Engineering Council, thereby reducing the discounted subscription even further.

India

Calcutta, 3 March: Meeting with Institution of Engineers India. The President discussed secondment of staff to One Great George Street in London.

Bangladesh

Dhaka, 4 March: Meeting with newly established Institution of Engineers Bangladesh. The President opened the new IEB library.

7 March: Meeting with President Hannan.

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