The New Indian Express | Express News Service | 06th May 2017 |
HYDERABAD: A division bench of the High Court has upheld the regulations issued by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for online self-disclosure for grant of extension to technical education institutions without undertaking physical verification. The bench was dismissing a petition filed by Federation of Social Responsibility Professional Institutions of the city challenging the Regulations 4.19 (a) and 4.26 of the AICTE (Grant of Approvals for Technical Institutions) Regulations, 2016.
The Regulation 4.19(a) stipulates that the processing of applications is based on self-disclosure. Only if there is “Zero Deficiency” the system will allot the intake applied for as per the Approval Process Handbook. As for Regulation 4.26, the council is obliged to grant the desired approvals only after confirming that the applicant meets all the norms and standards prescribed in the handbook and the council reserves the right to inspect the institutions, which made self-disclosure. The federation termed it dangerous to grant extension of approvals based upon self-disclosure without making physical verification. The bench pointed out that “no statutory regulations can be challenged merely on the ground that there is possibility of misuse.” – Courtesy