PEC Engineering Accreditation and Qualification Equivalence Committee
In 1976, the Government of Pakistan had constituted the Pakistan Engineering Council
(PEC), a statutory body to regulate the engineering profession in the country. According
to PEC Act 1976, the Council was assigned the functions of maintaining a register
of persons qualified to practice as professional engineers and consulting engineers
and recognition of their qualifications. Evidently, the purpose of recognition of
engineering qualifications is to oversee the growth and quality of technical education
in the country. In the past, evaluation of an engineering program was carried out
through the inspectors of examinations. However, over a period of time the process
of accreditation was developed in line with other developed countries. Accordingly,
a PEC Engineering Accreditation and Qualification Equivalence Committee (EA&QEC) has
been formed which carries out assessment of various engineering programs through
a systematic and well documented process. The committee works in harmony with the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The EA&QEC assesses the quality
of engineering educational institutions by evaluating various constituent elements
such as academic ambience, infrastructure, financial resources, physical resources,
human resources, supporting systems like library resources, computational resources and avenues to mould and develop the students’ personality and learning characteristics.
It is heartening to note in this context that the PEC EA&QEC has brought out
much needed Manual for Accreditation (2007), which consists of four Sections:
The Accreditation Process: For propagation of the concept involved in accreditation to all
the stakeholders of technical education.
Criteria and Weightages: Outlining the evaluation policy as well as its methodology for the
benefit of all institutions seeking accreditation of their ongoing and new programs.
Accreditation Performa : To enable the institutions seeking accreditation of programs to provide the necessary information.
Accreditor’s Manual: To assist the Visiting Teams in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Together, these documents represent the complete set of publications regarding the
accreditation process of the EA&QEC. It is hoped that it will provide the students,
parents, employers and the society at large, comprehensive information of the Quality
Assurance to assist them in making a judicious choice among competing educational
programs. It also fully safeguards the interests of all stake holders including
that of universities being evaluated, who are provided full opportunities to submit
their viewpoints even after the visitations. In order to keep pace with the changing
situations, it is suggested that the Manual may be reviewed after every five years.
Engineering Programme Definition:
An engineering program is an organized educational experience that consists of a
cohesive set of courses or other educational modules sequenced so that reasonable
depth is obtained in the upper-level courses. A definite engineering system should
be obvious in the program and, again, depth should be reached in pursuing courses
in engineering stem. Moreover, the program should develop the ability to apply pertinent
knowledge to the practice of engineering. An engineering program must also involve
the broadening educational objectives expected in modern education.