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The New Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | 31st October 2015 |

COIMBATORE: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) may come up with stringent norms for granting approval to technical education institutions in the country. The council is also likely to finalise an ‘Approval Process Handbook’ for the 2016-17 academic year, in the third week of November. According to sources in the AICTE, a key change being considered by the council is to make National Board of Accreditation (NBA) approval mandatory for institutions existing for more than eight years. Only last year the AICTE decided to allow increase in intake and additional course to those institutions having valid NBA accredited courses. “The council is also likely to have a re-look into its present system of granting approval based on information and documents submitted by the institutions by way of online applications. With a number of complaints against colleges not having adequate infrastructure and facility, the council could consider going for an onsite inspection before granting approval,” sources added. Apart from this, the apex body for technical education is also mulling to reduce or cancel the processing fee for closure of an existing institution. The AICTE has already announced its plan to reduce BE/BTech seats by 40 per cent to maintain the quality of technical education imparted. “Presently, if an institution wants to close down, a processing fee of ` 1.5 to 2 lakh has to be paid. Therefore, the AICTE is considering options like reducing or fully cancelling the processing fee to encourage institutions that failed to attract adequate students to close down,” sources added.

The AICTE recently conducted meetings of stakeholders in places like Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi to finalise the Approval Process Handbook for 2016-17. When contacted, AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said, “These are still in the discussion stage and nothing concrete has emerged. Moreover, changes need the approval of the council. We can discuss these only thereafter.” Those wanting to set up new technical education institutions in the country have to get prior approval from the AICTE, a government body for technical education in the country. In the case of existing institutions, they have to renew their approval every year. Apart from this, existing institutions have to get an approval from the council for starting new branches of study or increasing their intake. –  Courtesy


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