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The New Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | 23rd August 2015

COIMBATORE: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has sought suggestions from technical education institutions for changes to be made in Approval Process Handbook for 2016-17. These are aimed at improving the process of granting approval and on maintaining better transparency and accountability. They should also inform it of the difficulties they face in filling up applications online and in understanding AICTE’s regulations, procedures and norms.

In a public notice, AICTE said that in view of certain orders of the Supreme Court, the Council needs to ensure timely processing of approval applications for the 2016-17 academic year. On December 13, 2012, the Supreme Court had ordered it sticks to an agreed-upon academic calendar. Later – on April 25, 2013 – it ruled that colleges affiliated to a university do not come under the purview of the definition of a technical institution under the AICTE Act. However, in subsequent judgements – on April 17, 2014, May 9, 2014 and December 15, 2014 – the court made AICTE’s prior approval compulsory and mandatory to conduct technical courses, including management courses, by an existing, affiliated technical institution as well as new ones which will require affiliation by a university to conduct its technical course.

“The difficulties now facing private engineering colleges mainly stem from the wrong ‘survival of the fittest’ policy of AICTE’s former chairman. It has virtually killed technical education in the country,” said T D Eswaramoorthy, joint secretary, Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated Colleges. Their main problems concern the large increase in student strength and in new courses. About 8.5 lakh of the 18 lakh engineering seats in the country now remain vacant. The main reason for this is colleges having a very large number of seats in one course, he said. “There should not be more than 120 seats in one branch. Some colleges have up to 300. Those with over 120 seats should be inspected, and if possible, the strength reduced. Also, only NBA-accredited colleges should be allowed to increase the number of seats from 60 to 120 in one course,” said Eswaramoorthy. A proper policy and strict regulations should be put in place to approve any increase of student strength as well as to improve the quality of technical education, he added.- Courtesy

AICTE Link – Suggestions from Institutions on Approval Process

Public Notice
The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its judgment and orders delivered on April 25,2013 in Civil Appeal No. 1145 of 2004 and Civil Appeal No. 5736-5745 of 2004 has ruled thatcolleges affiliated to a University do not come under thepurview of the definition of “Technical Institution” as defined under Section 2(h) of the AICTE Act  1987. However the Supreme Court of India in itssubsequent judgments on April 17,2014, May 9,2014 and December 15, 2014
Making prior approval of AICTE compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course including the MBA/ Management  course by an existing affiliated Technical College and also new Technology College which will require affiliation by a University for conduct of its Technical Courses/Programmes for the academic year 2014 -15 and 2015-16.
Under the circumstances, it has become imperative for the AICTE to evolve a suitable methodology to ensure the timely processing of approvals for the existing Technical Institutions for  A.Y.2016-17 so as to adhere to the Academic calendar asper the judgment ofHon’bleSupreme court ofIndia in C.A NO. 9048 OF 2012 datedDecember 13, 2012.Therefore,AICTE has posted“Approval Process handbook 2015-16”on its websitewith a view to soliciting comments/suggestions from the existingTechnicalInstitutionsas well as other stakeholders on the following points:
1.Difficulties being faced in filling up the Applications online.
2.Difficulties being faced in understandingthe Regulations/Procedures/Norms of AICTE.
3.Changes proposed to be made in the Approval Process for improvement of the system forgranting approvals for maintaining better transparency/accountability.
4.Any other suggestions not coveredabove.You are requested to send your comments/suggestions to aphsuggestions2016-17@aicte-india.org by 04.09.2015

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