By Ismail Qamar
Spectrum Business Consultancy
To regulate the engineering profession & education in the country , it is made necessary for all engineering graduates of recognized engineering institutes in Pakistan to obtain PEC registration. So registration as professional engineer becomes mandatory rather than optional for genuine engineering graduates. Still, following is a brief idea of why such registration is made essential.
In order to get nationally and internationally recognized as a bona fide engineer and to get one’s engineering qualification internationally accepted without any doubts, it is mandatory to obtain registration with Pakistan Engineering Council. The council is the official body having the sole right of providing such authentication in the country. Such registration also provides one with brighter employment opportunities & service structures as such rights of Professional Engineers are supported by the PEC Act & bye laws & the relevant PEC committees strive for the betterment of such matters.
According to Section 27 of the Act it is mandatory for a person who undertakes any professional engineering work to get himself registered with the Council.
The Pakistan Engineering Council is a statutory body, constituted under the PEC Act 1976 (V of 1976) amended upto 24th January 2011, to regulate the engineering profession in the country such that it shall function as key driving force for achieving rapid and sustainable growth in all national, economic and social fields. The council shall as its mission set and maintain realistic and internationally relevant standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers, and licence engineers, and engineering institutions to competently and professionally promote and uphold the standards.
Its main statutory functions include registration of engineers, consulting engineers, constructors/operators and accreditation of engineering programmes run by universities/institutions, ensuring and managing of continuing professional development, assisting the Federal Government as think tank, establishing standards for engineering products and services besides safeguarding the interest of its members. The council shall encourage, facilitate and regulate working of professional engineering bodies for creativity and as custodians of engineering under the umbrella of the Council.
PEC interacts with the Government, both at the Federal and Provincial level by participating in Commissions, Committees and Advisory Bodies. PEC is a fully representative body of the engineering community in the country.
PEC has also been providing support to the Government in conducting technical enquiries and recommending remedial measures on the subjects referred. Over the years, the Pakistan Engineering Council has become an influential voice, which speaks for the engineering profession as a whole in the country. It forms an effective bridge between Government, industry and education.
PEC maintains a very lean secretariat at its Head Quarters at Islamabad and branch offices in all the provincial capitals.
It is also binding on all employers to employ only those persons for undertaking professional engineering work whose names are borne on the Register of the Council. Violation of Section 27 of the Act attracts penalties.