According to PMK, Indian engineers in Kuwait are having difficulty renewing their visas.

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According to PMK, Indian engineers in Kuwait are having difficulty renewing their visas.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi, an organisation of Indian engineers working in Kuwait, stated on Thursday that the authorities there are once again insisting on a difficult standard to finish the visa renewal procedure, and urged the Centre to intervene and fix the matter.

The Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) has once again said that it will provide No Objection Certificate (NOC) to engineers for continued stay only if their alma mater is recognised by the Indian National Board of Accreditation, as it did in 2018 and 2019. According to Kuwaiti government regulations, a NOC from KSE is required for visa renewal.

The NBA was set up by the All India Council for Technical Education, the apex national body on technical education, and it started functioning from 2010 independently (Image: Reuters)

According to PMK founder S Ramadoss, around 12,000 Indian professionals, including over 5,000 Tamil Nadu engineers, suffer employment loss as a result of this unreasonable stipulation. The Kuwaiti authorities’ insistence on NBA inclusion, he claims, stems from a lack of understanding of India’s recognition system.

The NBA was established by the All India Council for Technical Education, the highest national body for technical education, and began operating independently in 2010. According to Ramadoss, NBA recognition became mandatory this year but has yet to be fully implemented.

When this is the case, if Kuwaiti officials demand NBA recognition from Indian engineers who graduated decades ago, they will be unable to comply. “It is the obligation of the central government to defend the jobs of Indian engineers working in Kuwait.”

As a result, he urged the Union government to raise the issue with Kuwait and ensure that all Indian engineers who graduated from an AICTE-accredited university receive visa extensions.

 

 

 

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