The Institution of Engineers (India)
8, Gokhale Road
Sub Recognition problem faced by various IEI graduates for Job Hunting
Thanks for publishing vide ‘The IEI News’ about the responsibility on the part of the members to proactively promote the IEI as a non formal education institution to meet the requirements of those who are unable to obtain successfully their admissions into universities or engineering colleges due to so many known reasons. The IEI News column write up from the desk of the president IEI is welcome. It is a good attempt in the right direction to generate awareness about IEI. It is hoped that the members shall take a good initiative to promote the IEI for benefit of the general public in the short as well as the long run.
The IEI has also to carry out with firm commitment one very significant responsibility towards the students who pass out IEI graduation. It is very well known that the IEI certifications have been legally deficient in communicating the meaning of the title of the examination since the constitution of the IEI. Those times have gone when the engineers used to work in India / Bharat only after graduation. Now a large number of IEI graduates have been working abroad that has unfortunately discovered that IEI certificate is deficient in giving the contents of the engineering degree’s evaluation of the candidate.
It is true that many nations around the world do not recognize any certificate of higher education WITHOUT ITS BEARING THE WORD OF either BSc or BE or B Tech. It is acceptable that IEI is not authorized by the UGC Act to insert any of the foregoing letters directly but the IEI has started giving a foot note about recognition of the IEI graduation as equivalent to BE etc. Yet, it does not resolve the entire problem pertaining to the documentation about the recognition of IEI pass outs.
Factually speaking, I had met the same problem in 1981/82 in Iraq where I was not directly recognized as an engineering graduate. I had to face the same problem for going to Bahrain. In Libya, I did not face any problem. In Qatar, in corporate sector, I did not face any problem but I knew through some e groups that some IEI graduates lost their jobs due to the deficient contents of IEI certificate that is incomplete public notification. Actually, wherever UK educated persons are involved, either in interviews or in certain recruitment processing, there, generally problems are not faced otherwise, all others have to face the problems. In UAE, the IEI graduation certificate is not recognized but the visa is admissible when Chartered Engineer certificate is produced to the authorities. This happened to Eng Alok Aggarwal of Kolkata who based on my advise, obtained Chartered Engineer’s certificate following the production of which his visa was changed to Engineer category in UAE. But all have to face one or the other problem in connection with IEI certifications. It is unfortunate that till now, the IEI council had never been serious to resolve this issue. But now they have to look into the issues considering all the problems that are on roads towards the past & the future IEI graduates.
Many IEI graduates have opted to get another substitute certificate indicating the IEI examination equivalent or at par to engineering degree that is essential in the job market in the globe. It is out of a common or natural understanding what problem the IEI council have got on issuing certain substitute certificates on demands to such persons? It is a constitutional fundamental right of a person to do his job & the IEI being the qualifying body has a responsibility to support its products so that the incumbents are properly placed with full honour & dignity. The IEI has to help all persons whether or not, they are the corporate members. The IEI cannot avoid the responsibility arbitrarily that amounts to putting the job searching persons on the unforeseen risks resulting in the job losses. The certificate should be issued in compliance with the words that were on the recognition circulars of the Government of India during the relevant periods from time to time.
The IEI is free to charge the documentation fee from the concerned persons. No person form IEI has to suffer the job losses due to the deficient contents on the certificates. The IEI has to maintain its international standards for the benefit of the members, the graduates & the IEI body. The IEI on one side is going to be an international body on the international forum while its certificates are disregarded. How can the IEI digest such dishonour of its graduates & has done very little in this regard? It is with due regards to the IEI council requested that the problems must be resorted out so that no IEI graduate either the past or present or future incumbents should suffer from recognition.
Eng Suraj Singh PE