Indian engineers worst affected by decision of NOC from Kuwait Society of Engineers



The manpower authority last year mandated that all expat engineers should get a no-objection certificate from the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) to have the title of “engineer” in their work permits. Indian engineers have been the most affected by this decision, as their degrees should be approved by India’s National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in order to get an NOC from KSE. But most Indian engineers in Kuwait hold degrees that are approved by the All India Council for Technical Education and not NBA.

Attorney Fraih Al-Kouh argued Indian engineers are the most discriminated against, compared to other expat engineers.According to Kouh, the sponsoring companies earlier only sought the approval of the employment contract from the ministry of social affairs and labor, then included the “engineer” title in the work permit. “Now the ministry decided to team up with NGOs and demanded approval from the KSE certifying the applicant is working in this field. KSE then demands the original degree and a work certificate to review if the applicant meets all conditions, and based on this they send or don’t send the NOC to the ministry,” he explained.

Engineers also face additional conditions. “Engineers have to pass a test if their work experience is less than five years – those with longer experience only have to appear for a personal interview at KSE to obtain the approval. But Indian engineers can’t go through any of these procedures if they don’t hold an NBA accreditation. This is discriminatory and should be corrected. The new rules of the ministry should only be applied on new engineers and not those who have worked here for many years,” Kouh asserted. “If KSE is demanding NBA accreditation, then it should be demanded from all engineers and not only Indians,” he added.-K.T.