SASTRA Deemed to be University becomes the first in India to attain International IET - UK Accreditation for maximum UG programmes

Tamil Nadu, Feb 2, 2020: Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy Deemed to be University, (Thanjavur & Kumbakonam) has been awarded the maximum outcome in India for the IET’s International Accreditation for 9 of its engineering programmes. IET accreditation is an internationally recognised benchmark, awarded to high quality programmes that provide an ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers.

SASTRA University (Thanjavur and Kumbakonam campuses) applied for IET Accreditation in 2015 and 12 of their B.Tech programmes from the Schools of Electrical & Electronics, Computing, Mechanical, Chemical & Biotechnology are now IET accredited. This accreditation was awarded for a term of full five years and will have a positive impact spreading over 9 graduating batches from 2016 to 2024. In addition to validating the quality of the institution’s programmes, IET Accreditation also provides direct benefits to students graduating from SASTRA Deemed to be University. It allows better International mobility, job prospects and acceptance of graduate students in foreign universities and opportunities for interdisciplinary research as well as exchanges.

With the successful completion of the Accreditation Process, SASTRA Deemed to be University will join the IET’s 85+ Academic Partners across the globe giving them access to other international academic partners and international collaboration.

The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. IET accreditation, licensed by the Engineering Council, covers a broad spectrum of engineering and technology subjects.  It is recognised around the world as an indicator of quality through the Washington and Sydney Accords, governed by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). Institutions with IET Accredited programmes are eligible to apply for the EUR-ACE label, awarded by European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE).

Congratulating SASTRA Deemed to be University, Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India said, “SASTRA University has been a pioneer in taking innovative initiatives in the field of technical education and this accreditation is a testimony to their commitment and efforts to stay updated and relevant in a fast-changing environment. We are proud to award IET-UK accreditation to 12 of their UG courses, the maximum UG courses accredited by the IET. I am confident that they will demonstrate unparalleled vigour to enhance their benchmarks and we at the IET, look forward to supporting them in their journey. I wish them every success in their endeavors.”

S Raghavan, Head – Membership & Partnership IET India said, “I am glad to have worked and supported SASTRA University in IET accreditation. The joint efforts of SASTRA and the IET has led to numerous changes in the academic system, majorly improving the student learning experience. I received positive feedback from students specifically on the changes introduced in the question papers and project assessment. With IET’s accreditation, SASTRA has become the first university in India to have the maximum number of UG programmes accredited across its 2 campuses and will now be a part of 85+ Academic Partners globally. IET Academic Partner status will give SASTRA, the opportunity to enhance their international collaborations globally. I wish the very best to the team at SASTRA.”

Daniel Canty, Head of Awards & Accreditation IET, UK said, “I am delighted that SASTRA University were able to demonstrate that the graduates of their IET accredited programmes are aligned with internationally recognised standards.  The University is now part of a global community of Universities that are committed to maintaining and developing their programmes. I wish SASTRA team all the best.”

Prof Richard Morling, IET Accreditor & Panel Chair for the accreditation visit to SASTRA said, “I congratulate SASTRA University for obtaining IET accreditation of its 12 Under Graduate programmes in two campuses. The accreditation panel was impressed with the way in which the university team approached IET accreditation: starting preparation in 2014, applying in 2016 and completing the process in 2019. The preparation and effort in improving the academic procedures and assessment to meet IET’s requirements are commendable. I am very happy to see that the leadership team is committed to continue improving the quality of their student experience as per international standards. I am sure the SASTRA team will take full advantage of the IET’s accreditation and continue their good work in maintaining and improving the quality of their academic system and processes to the benefit of their students and employers.”


About The IET

Founded 148 years ago, the IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 168,000 members+ in 150 countries, with active networks of members in 37 countries. In India, the IET has over 13,000 members, 8 Local Networks and focuses on Energy, Transport, Information & Communications, IoT and Education sectors.

Part of its remit is to promote, recognise and reward individual excellence and support emerging talent through a programme of undergraduate and postgraduate engineering scholarships.  The awards programme includes awards for individual excellence, research and innovation, scholarships, travel awards, prizes and competitions within the engineering and technology sector.

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