The future careers of engineers from India in Kuwait is hanging in balance after the government made it mandatory for engineers to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) for renewal or issuance of residence visa and work permits.
The sudden decision by Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) for engineers created panic and confusion among thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait as KSE will issue a NOC to only those graduates who were qualified from engineering colleges accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
The move is affecting a majority of engineers as most of the engineering colleges, including some premier institutions in India, have no NBA accreditation.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar and Indian Ambassador to Kuwait K Jeeva Sagar met Kuwait authorities to explain about NBA system in India, which is functioning from 2005, whereas scores of engineers who graduated earlier are not covered under it and are already working in Kuwait.
Ministry of Human Resources Development sent a list of engineering colleges that are recognised but do not possess NBA accreditation, but it is not known yet in Kuwait which colleges figured in the list. The Indian Embassy has been collecting the details of Indian engineers whose Iqamas (residence and work permits) were close to expiry date to create a database to present it Kuwait officials.