Live Mint | Wed, January 06 2016 | Shreeja Sen| Prashant K. Nanda |
Court allows AICTE to publish its approval manual for all such institutions, including new and existing management and engineering colleges. The Wednesday order will benefit both AICTE as well as technical education institutions.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to resume the process of approving technical institutions in India. In an interim order passed during the hearing of the Odisha Technical Institutions vs AICTE case, the court allowed the council to publish its approval manual for all such institutions, including new and existing management and engineering colleges.
A case in 2013 had put a question mark on AICTE’s capacity to operate as the technical education regulator of the country. The court had then observed that AICTE should have an advisory, not regulatory role. A year later, it was clarified that it can continue as the regulator pending final decision following chaos in the education space due to regulatory vacuum. The Wednesday order will benefit both AICTE as well as technical education institutions. While the former will regain regulatory strength by its approval process, existing institutions can approach AICTE for extension of their accreditation for 2016-17 academic year. Technical schools need an yearly approval from the regulator to remain as legal entities and admit fresh students. Similarly, new entrepreneurs can seek AICTE approval for setting up fresh institutions. There are more than 11,000 technical colleges regulated by AICTE – Courtesy