Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018)

Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) at New Delhi.

The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development engaged in quality assurance of the programs offered by the professional and technical institutions in India through accreditation. NBA has been accorded Permanent Signatory Status of Washington Accord since June 2014.  It has adopted internationally implemented outcome-based assessment and accreditation, to ensure that the graduates of the NBA accredited programs are globally competent and relevant.

World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) is a biennial Summit organized by NBA, which provides a platform to stakeholders to share their knowledge and information on accreditation. NBA has already organized three Summits in 2012, 2014 and 2016 with the themes “Achieving Excellence through Accreditation”, “International Recognition of Education Qualifications” and “Quality Assurance through Outcome Based Accreditation” respectively. All these Summits were well attended (WOSA 2012 was attended by 800 participants, WOSA 2014 was attended by 850 participants and WOSA 2016 was attended by 800 participants). The deliberations were appreciated by academia, industry, and policymakers.

WOSA 2018

Continuing this tradition, NBA is organizing WOSA 2018 from 07th to 09th September 2018 at Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The focus of WOSA 2018 is on “CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN OUTCOME BASED ACCREDITATION”.

Papers have been invited on the following sub-themes:-

  • Sub-Theme 1 –   Achieving Excellence through Learning Outcomes.
  • Sub-Theme 2 –   Role of Industry in Technical Education.
  • Sub-Theme 3– Ranking and Rating of Higher Education Institutions – Do they have a Role in Quality Improvement?
  • Sub-Theme 4 – Linking Government Funding with Quality.
  • Sub-Theme 5 – Use of ICT in Accreditation in Large Jurisdictions.

The Summit will facilitate the exchange of information on various challenges being faced during the transition between input-output based accreditation to outcome-based accreditation. The discussion and global participation in WOSA 2018 will bring about new ideas and help in establishing new trends of identifying opportunities and challenges in professional and technical education worldwide. Many eminent Academicians/Industry Professionals/Policy Makers/Representatives of Washington Accord Signatories/leaders from accrediting agencies from India/abroad will participate and deliver plenary/keynote addresses.

WOSA 2018 is an opportunity for academia and the industry to explore avenues for future partnerships and to create an environment for open dialogue to facilitate mobility of students and professionals worldwide to gain international experience. The participants will gain a greater understanding of prevailing global accreditation practices.

The educational institutions will have an opportunity to interact with industry, policymakers and accreditation agencies from the globe and learn about their perspectives. It will also be a unique chance for the educational institutions to develop and fortify ties with the industry.

The industry would be able to interact with educational institutions and accrediting agencies for exchanging views on their requirements of quality manpower and accreditation parameters.

Accreditation agencies from across the world will have a common platform to share best practices, insights and to enhance their understanding of accreditation. The policy makers and regulatory bodies will have an in-depth appreciation of education systems operating in different countries and their strengths and weaknesses.

World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) is a biennial Summit organized by National Board of Accreditation (NBA), which provides a platform to stakeholders to share their knowledge and information on accreditation.

NBA has already organized three Summits in 2012, 2014 and 2016 with the themes “Achieving Excellence through Accreditation”, “International Recognition of Education Qualifications” and “Quality Assurance through Outcome Based Accreditation” respectively.

 About the NBA:

The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development engaged in quality assurance of the programs offered by the professional and technical institutions in India through accreditation.

NBA has been accorded Permanent Signatory Status of Washington Accord since June 2014.

It has adopted internationally implemented outcome-based assessment and accreditation, to ensure that the graduates of the NBA accredited programs are globally competent and relevant.

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OSCE supports Water for Sustainable Development conference in Dushanbe

A two-day high-level international conference on the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028” started in Dushanbe on 20 June 2018. The Conference is organized by the government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Water and in partnership with the OSCE and other international organizations.

International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028:

In order to accelerate efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2018-2028 as the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”.

The Water Action Decade commenced on World Water Day, 22 March 2018, and will end on World Water Day, 22 March 2028.

The objectives of the Decade focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and on the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects.

It will also focus on the furtherance of cooperation and partnership at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Decade also highlights the importance of promoting efficient water usage at all levels, taking into account the water, food, energy, environment nexus; and stresses the importance of the participation and full involvement of all relevant stakeholders, including women, children, young people, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Qingdao Declaration Signed

The SCO summit concluded with the adoption of the Qingdao declaration. The declaration calls for implementing the three-year plan to combat terrorism, separatism, and extremism. It also calls for the implementation of the treaty on long-term good neighborliness, friendship, and co-operation.

SCO Member states also exchanged documents on a major issue like economic cooperation, security, regional peace and the ways to tackle terrorism. A total of 22 documents have been signed by the SCO countries, including preventing radicalization of youth and prevention of narcotics. The SCO Action plan for 2019 to 2020 was also signed.

In his Address at the plenary session of the 18th SCO Summit, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of security and connectivity. He said that connectivity with the neighborhood in the SCO region is India’s priority.

PM highlighted India’s universal brotherhood, and neighborhood policy and called upon member states to cooperate in the fields of Agriculture, Water Resources, and Pharma.

The Prime Minister also asserted that only six percent of foreign tourists in India are from SCO countries, which he said can be doubled easily by increasing awareness about the shared cultures.

Attending India’s first summit as a full member of the SCO, Prime Minister Modi also floated the concept of SECURE: ‘S’ for security for citizens, ‘E’ for economic development, ‘C’ for connectivity in the region, ‘U’ for unity, ‘R’ for respect of sovereignty and integrity, and ‘E for environment protection.

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Six countries enter UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council today “to make a difference,” the body’s president said. “Peace and security are difficult to achieve,” Kazakh envoy Kairat Umarov, who took the rotating presidency in January, told council members at a special ceremony. “You are going to have a real chance to make a difference.”

One after the other, ambassadors representing the council’s six new member countries – five men and a woman, Polish envoy Joanna Wronecka – placed their flag among those of the body’s nine other members. The UN Security Council has 15 members, including five with permanent seats who have the power to veto resolutions – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Three women and 12 men are among the 15 ambassadors who will soon be seated at the U-shaped table in the center of the Security Council’s chamber. In addition to Wronecka and US envoy Nikki Haley, Karen Pierce will take her seat later this month as Britain’s new ambassador.

The six countries who left the UN Security Council on December 31 are Egypt, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

About UNSC: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.

Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.

The Security Council consists of fifteen members. Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, and the United States—serve as the body’s five permanent members. These permanent members can veto any substantive Security Council resolution, including those on the admission of new member states or candidates for Secretary-General.

The Security Council also has 10 non-permanent members, elected on a regional basis to serve two-year terms. The body’s presidency rotates monthly among its members.

Reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) encompasses five key issues: categories of membership, the question of the veto held by the five permanent members, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council and its working methods, and the Security Council-General Assembly relationship. There is also a proposal to admit more permanent members.

Why should India be given a permanent seat in the council?

India was among the founding members of United Nations.

It is the second largest and a one of the largest constant contributor of troops to United Nations Peacekeeping missions.

Today, India has over 8,500 peacekeepers in the field, more than twice as many as the UN’s five big powers combined.

India, since for a long time, has been demanding expansion of UNSC and its inclusion as the permanent member in it. It has been a member of UNSC for 7 terms and a member of G-77 and G-4, so permanent membership is a logical extension.

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