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Thousands Of Indian Engineers In Kuwait May Face Deportation

| April 10 , 2018 , 17:44 IST

A new regulation on residency and work permits may deport thousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait back to India. The move will affect 15,000 to 40,000 Indian engineers.

The Kuwait Public Authority for Manpower recently announced that a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSOE) is needed to attain residency and work permits in the country.

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As per KSOE, the NOC's will only be given to those engineers who have graduated from colleges recognized by the National Board of Accreditation. In India, many colleges do not have NBA accreditation and are instead affiliated to other bodies.

Jyothidas Narayan, a member of the Kuwait Engineers Forum said, “Most engineers are aged between 30-45 and graduated long before NBA got into the act. Even for the few who have degrees from NAB-accredited college the accreditation being recent will be of no use to them as their certificate would not reflect the same.”

The Kuwait Engineers Forum represents 1,400 engineers in the construction and oil & gas industry.

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The problem faced by Indian engineers has been precipitated by the fact that the KSOE does not have the manpower to handle 300-400 applications a day.

The changes only concern expatriate engineers in the private sector. Even if an engineer comes from an accredited university, he/she must take an examination at the KSOE before acquiring the no objection certificate. The same process could be implemented for other professions in the future.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had intervened, taking up the issue with the Indian Ambassador in Kuwait. He also met a delegation of Kuwait based Indian Engineers and promised them of help and follow-up.

CPI(M) MP P.K Biju also wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, requesting her intervention. "The new circular may lead to the expulsion of more than 70% of Indian Engineers working in Kuwait from their present jobs," he wrote.


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