Engineering Qualification Standardization in Tajikistan discussed by President ECOSF and Rector Tajik Technical University, at Dushanbe

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A meeting was held between Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro, President ECOSF and Prof. Odinazoda Haydar Odina Rector Tajik Technical University on 17 April 2018 at the office of the Rector Tajik Technical University, Dushanbe. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the progress/status regarding Engineering Qualification Standardization as per the standards of Federation of Engineering Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) introduced last year (March 2017) during a two-day workshop/meeting held in Dushanbe.

The Rector warmly welcomed the President ECOSF at the University and thanked him for the support of ECOSF and its partners for the cause. During the meeting, the Rector said that they are committed to the cause, accordingly, things are moving in a right direction but there is a shortage of experts in Tajikistan for preparing accreditation documents where they need help from the ECOSF and FEIAP.

President ECOSF thanked the Rector for a warm gesture and arrangement of the meeting on a short notice. Prof. Soomro on his question was informed that Tajikistan is so far following the standards of Europe such as EURO-ACE. Regarding the shortage of the experts for accreditation documentation, Prof. Soomro said that it was agreed during the meeting held in Jakarta-Indonesia (Dec 2017) that Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) will provide the technical support on behalf of ECOSF and FEIAP. President ECOSF suggested to form a working group for this purpose which was appreciated and agreed upon by the Rector and he offered the local hospitality for to the experts visiting the University for 2-3 days. It was also agreed that the ECOSF and UNESCO may also hold a meeting with the Ministry of Economy and Development, once the University takes the Ministry on board for ownership of the initiative.

Prof. Soomro further said that the future of engineering in Tajikistan is brighter and suggested that there may be an Engineering Institute like PEC to ensure quality monitoring and regulate the engineering processes for Academia and the Industry in Tajikistan. He also hoped that Tajikistan can take the lead in engineering qualification standardization in Central Asia.

The Vice Rector Prof. Mohmandamon Abdulloev was also present during the meeting. It is pertinent to mention that Prof. Abdulloaev has been participating in previous two workshops and has been communicating with ECOSF and UNESCO on behalf of his University.

The meeting was ended with vote of thanks and the commitment to achieve the goal of engineering qualification standardization in Tajikistan.

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