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The Telegraph | Basant Kumar Mohanty | January 18 , 2016 |
New Delhi, Jan. 17: A notification by the technical education regulator AICTE equating MS (Master of Science) degrees awarded by IITs and NITs with MTech has triggered a debate about an earlier UGC order that MS can only stand for Master of Surgery. The UGC in 2014 had barred institutions from using the nomenclatures MS and BS for Master of Science and Bachelor of Science courses respectively. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) last week said in a notification that MS degrees awarded by institutions of national importance (INI), such as IITs and NITs, are to be treated as equivalent to MTech if the basic degree is BTech. “The MS degree shall be considered equivalent to ME/ MTech for all purposes provided MS degree has been acquired from INI as recognised by MHRD (ministry of human resource development) and the basic degrees should be BE/ BTech in relevant branch,” the notification said.
The UGC’s notification on Specification of Degrees issued in July 2014 had, on the other hand, said MS stands for Master of Surgery and MSc is the correct nomenclature for Master of Science. It had asked institutions to change their BS (Bachelor of Science) and MS nomenclatures to BSc and MSc respectively. UGC sources argued that MS was the accepted nomenclature for a degree in medicine in India. If MS was used to stand for Master of Science, it could create confusion. Under the UGC Act, the UGC with the approval of the government notifies nomenclature of degrees to be awarded by institutions. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, which was offering BS degrees, changed the nomenclature to Bachelor of Science (Research). However, the IITs contested the UGC’s notification arguing that they are empowered by their respective Acts to design and offer courses. A parent whose son is studying in the Bachelor of Science (Research) programme at IISc Bangalore said that institute, too, should be allowed to offer BS degrees since the AICTE has accepted MS for Master of Science. “After this AICTE notification, MS is now a recognised nomenclature for Master of Science. Since MS is accepted, the BS should be accepted nomenclature for Bachelor of Science,” he said. Several parents have written to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention to restore the BS degree, he said.
“You have to protect qualified students in premier institutions. Public perception about BSc is poor. These students in IISc have chosen to pursue the courses specially oriented towards research. You cannot equate it with any other BSc course,” the parent said. AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said the MS course offered by IITs or NITs would be treated as MTech. “They are centrally funded institutions. For us, their MS signifies MSc which is equivalent to MTech,” he said. After the IITs protested, the HRD ministry had set up a panel headed by the higher education secretary to suggest a way forward. The committee has held two meetings. It is set to recommend that the ministry ask the UGC to notify the nomenclatures for innovative programmes and durations prescribed by IITs, sources said. – Courtesy
Will Delhi University (DU) engineering colleges apply for AICTE nod (approval process) for BTech courses by February 20?
Hindustan Times | Jeevan Prakash Sharma, New Delhi | Feb 04, 2015
New Delhi: About 6,000 students enrolled in BTech courses in 25 Delhi University (DU) colleges since 2013 will be awarded degrees that won’t be considered valid in the Indian education system. It’s because five four-year BTech programmes – computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics and polymer science – launched as part of Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in the 2013-2014 academic session, do not have requisite approvals from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to AICTE, February 20, 2015, is the last date to apply for approvals. Those who stand to lose are 6,000 bright students, who despite scoring more than 90% in the Class 12 exams, chose the BTech programme because these were being run by prestigious Delhi University colleges and were introduced under the much-hyped FYUP initiative of the human resource ministry of the previous UPA government. On investigating, this correspondent found teachers of the programme, principals of the concerned colleges and many DU officials unable to come up with a clear answer on AICTE approvals. “Is it a mandatory requirement to run a BTech course,” one of them asked.
The answer to this is yes, AICTE approval is a must if one goes by Supreme Court orders of April 17, 2014, and May 9, 2014; HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s statement in Rajya Sabha and the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular to all DU colleges in June 2014. The Apex court, which had stripped AICTE of its regulatory powers in a judgment dated April 25, 2013, reversed its position with two consecutive orders in 2014. “It is directed that prior approval of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course,including the MBA/Management Course by an existing affiliated Technical College and also new Technical College which will require affiliation by a University for conduct of its Technical Courses/Programmes for the academic year 2014-15,” the SC order dated May 9, 2014, said in the matter of Orissa Technical Colleges Association vs AICTE. Irani, while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha in July 2014, had said that DU colleges offering BTech programmes would need AICTE approval. A similar direction vide a UGC circular dated June 29, 2014 to DU and all its affiliate colleges, said, “The colleges under Delhi University, which admitted students in the academic year 2013-14 for these programmes may, wherever required, obtain appropriate approval of the regulatory bodies such as the UGC and the AICTE and ensure that students admitted in these programmes are not put to any disadvantage.”
SC’s April 25, 2013, judgment stripping AICTE of its powers is likely to have created the confusion over approvals. The principal of a DU college, requesting anonymity, said, “It was in April 25, 2013, that the SC stripped AICTE of its regulatory powers and vested it with UGC. FYUP was introduced during that time and six branches of the existing three-year BSc (H) courses – computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics, polymer science and psychological science – were changed to four-year B Tech programmes with some modifications in syllabus. That’s why the need for AICTE approvals was not felt then.” After the FYUP rollback from academic session 2014-2015, UGC directed DU to continue five branches of the five BTech programmes – but only for the students admitted for the academic year 2013-2014. The colleges were also asked to seek AICTE approvals. “There is no confusion on the question of AICTE approval for a valid BTech course. Running BTech courses without AICTE approval not only amounts to violation of the SC order, which is a serious offence, but it also causes serious hardship to thousands of bright students,” says a senior AICTE officer bearer.
AICTE approval after a year if deadline expires
April 25, 2013
SC stripped AICTE of its power to regulate technical courses and vested it with UGC
FYUP introduced in DU and three-year BSc (H) was changed to four-year BTech course with UGC approval
April 17, 2014
SC restored AICTE powers to regulate technical institutes
April 2014 – Jan 2015
No Delhi University colleges running BTech courses have applied for any approval from AICTE citing various reasons
Feb 20, 2015
If DU colleges do not apply for AICTE approvals within the deadline, they will have to wait for a year for the same
I would like to inform all institutions that February 20, 2015 is the last date for application for Approval. if any college fails to do that, it will have to wait for next year –Dr Avinash S Pant, AICTE’s chairman (acting)
Hindustan Times | Jeevan Prakash Sharma | New Delhi| Feb 04, 2015 |
New Delhi: It’s not just the question of AICTE approvals which bothers the students pursuing BTech courses in Delhi University colleges. Their courses do not match the standards of other prestigious AICTE-approved technical institutes; and their colleges lack teachers, classrooms and good laboratory facilities, the students say. “The issue of AICTE approval and upgrading of course content and quality of teaching go hand in hand and that’s the reason we are raising the issue of AICTE approval. We know that unless DU colleges match the standards prescribed by AICTE, they will not get recognition from the technical regulator,” says Piyush Panwar, who is pursuing a BTech in computer science.
“Students doing BSc (honours) in computer science have better course content than us. This four-year B Tech programme is a complete farce and if our syllabus is not updated for our remaining five semesters, we will have to do another course from some other technical institute to upgrade our skills.,” says Panwar. Rahul Upadhyay, his batchmate, says “The syllabus is not well-designed and structured. What we study in the third semester is being taught in the sixth and seventh semesters of AICTE-approved institutes. Similarly, topics they have already covered will be taught to us in our last semesters. ”
“In the absence of AICTE approval, we can’t apply for government jobs and go for higher education. On the other hand, lack of good teaching will let us down during placement in good private companies,” he says. However, professors and principals of various colleges dismiss these allegations. “The whole syllabus and teaching standard is excellent and at par with any best technical institute of the country,” says S K Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College. Many BTech students are in the meanwhile looking for alternate academic options. Nikita Khanna, a student of computer science, says “Besides my B Tech course, I am preparing for an MBA entrance exam so that if I do not get a valid BTech degree I will have something to fall back on.”
AICTE Approval Process Handbook 2015-2016
Public notice for approval process 2015-16 as per the directions of hon’ble supreme court of india
Last date for online submission of application for 2015-16 approval process has been extended up to 27th February 2015.
AICTE Helpline Number
For any queries pls contact at the following helpline numbers (10 AM to 5 PM)
011 23724675 ( For Payment related queries )
For queries related to change in Course Name/Addition of course/Addition of universities/Change in Approved Intake/Queries related to Approval Process etc… please mail to
|AICTE- REGIONAL OFFICE||HELP LINE NUMBER|
|CRO – Bhopal||0755-2660061|
|WRO – Mumbai||022-22828446|
|SWRO – Bangalore||080-22208407|
|ERO – Kolkata||033-23356690, 033-23357459|
|NWRO – Chandigarh||0172-2661201, 0172-2613326|
|NRO – Kanpur||0512-2581263|
|SRO – Chennai||044-28279998|
|SCRO – Hyderabad||040-23345071, 040-23341036|
Second and Final Extension of Last Date for Online Submission of Application for Approval Process 2015-16 –
In view of requests received from several Institutions/ Associations, t is hereby notified that the last date for acceptance of Online applications with processing fee as applicable on the Portal of AICTE http://www.aicte-india.orgis extended upto2ndMarch 2015.All the concerned are also informed that no further extension will be given in view of the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 13.12.2012 where an academic calendar has been clearly specified. Please note that, any application submitted beyond this date shall be with LATE FEE as indicated in the Approval Process Hand Book 2015-16.No applications will be accepted beyond 05thMarch 2015 under any circumstances even with LATE FEE.
AICTE Set to Initiate Process for Approving Engineering Colleges (AICTE approval process for 2015 -16)
The Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | Published: 29th December 2014 |
COIMBATORE: Putting to rest confusion over who will be granting nod for new and existing engineering colleges, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to commence its approval process for the coming academic year in a few days. “The court has extended its permission allowing AICTE to grant approval to technical education institutions in the country by one more year. The council will start the approval process for 2015-16 academic year in another 10 days,” AICTE chairman SS Mantha told Express. Normally, the AICTE commences its approval process in the month of December for the next academic year. Applications were accepted till the end of December and they were processed between January and March to give approval to those who fulfilled the norms. Last year, the Supreme Court first debarred AICTE from regulating technical institutions in the country. This prompted the UGC to take control and issue guidelines apart from banning new institutions and increasing student intake. But, later on, the Supreme Court restored the power to AICTE and the council started approval process for 2014-15 very late on May 10.
AICTE did not start the approval process till date this year, leading to unnecessary confusion among engineering aspirants. “The AICTE has not started the approval process for the 2015-16 academic year and there is no clarity on this,” a principal of a city engineering college had said. TD Eswaramoorthy, joint secretary of the Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated College also confirmed that the approval process is to begin. He said the MHRD has already constituted a committee headed by former secretary MK Kaw to review AICTE functioning. Meanwhile, the AICTE Member Secretary’s post is lying vacant. The chairman’s post is going to be vacant in January.
The New Indian Express | Express Research Team | 08th December 2014
Colleges affiliated to Bangalore University (BU) which fail to send their faculty members for evaluation work will face the heat when they apply for renewal of affiliation. From this year on, evaluation work will be linked to the affiliation process. As per the new set of rules introduced by BU, colleges that send all their eligible faculty for evaluation work will get 25 marks during Local Inquiry Committee visits when they apply for renewal of affiliation.
Now students can complain via whatsapp
The Calicut University Vice-Chancellor’s new proposal to receive complaints from students and the public through WhatsApp mobile app has come into effect from December 1. According to an official statement issued by VC M Abdul Salam, students and the public can submit complaints regarding any malpractice, irregularities, indiscipline, inefficiencies or theft by way of messages, videos, photos or sound clippings to (0) 9447649200 through WhatsApp.
Utkal to implement cbcs in affiliated colleges
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, is planning to introduce Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in all 350 degree colleges affiliated to it from next academic session as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) mandate. So far, only Banki Autonomous College has adopted the system. Though UGC has been repeatedly asking the seven State-run universities to ensure that their affiliated colleges gradually shift to CBCS, the system has not been implemented due to faculty shortage.
Cctvs used for spying, allege eflu students
Students of English and Foreign and Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad, on November 25, resisted installation of surveillance cameras inside the mess and the hostels. They protested and shouted slogans. The students said that in the aftermath of the recent gangrape incident at the boys’ hostel, the university administration was going against the University Grants Commission guidelines and had started to repress and impose restrictions in the name of security.
No takers for pharma seats in telangana
Several seats were unfilled at the end of the second phase of counselling held for 17,500 seats in nine different specialties in 175 MPharmacy colleges across Telangana.
Times of India |
COIMBATORE: The Union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) has formed a review committee to analyze and review the current AICTE regulations. Experts feel with mushrooming of colleges across the country, a system to monitor quality education is the need of the hour. “Like any organization, it is important to revisit the regulations of AICTE too,” said R Rudramurthy, principal of PSG College of Technology. “While the AICTE has been doing a decent job in monitoring the technical institutions, the central government’s decision to analyze the regulations and AICTE Act, 1987 is a welcoming move,” he further added. The order was passed on October 22 and the MHRD has formed a committee of four members – M K Kaw, former secretary to MHRD as the chairman and A K Agarwal, vice- chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, U B Desai, director, IIT-Hyderabad and Ashok Jhunjhunwala, professor, IIT-Madras as the members of the committee. The committee is expected to analyze the standards of technical education, performance of students and faculty members, organization of AICTE and its regional centres and regulations pertaining to accreditation. The committee has been asked to submit a report on the recommendations on AICTE regulations by April 2015.
Experts in the field of technical education seem to second the decision made by MHRD. “Today, despite framing regulations to monitor the quality of education, the lack of system to keep a track on institutions following it and not has become the lacuna,” said a principal of a private engineering college. There is also the dispute between AICTE and University Grants Commission (UGC) on bearing authority over institutions. Accreditation and rising number of technical institutions have raised questions on vacant seats and waste of resources. “The engineering admissions in July this year saw many colleges being unable to fill 10 seats, while the allocated seats were around 300 per college. The AICTE never intervened in stopping such colleges from participating in admissions,” said J P Gandhi. “This proves that there is no system to monitor the quality of education framed by the AICTE.”
Union ministry of human resources and development, which constituted a review committee to revamp the University Grants Commission a couple of months ago, constituted a four-member panel under MK Shaw, ex-secretary, MHRD, a fortnight ago to (order dated Oct 22) ‘restructure and strengthen’ All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and the technical education sector. The committee is expected to submit its report within six months. MHRD feels AICTE, like the UGC, too is incompetent and needs to be restructured as per the vision of the BJP government. The ministry thinks AICTE had failed to curb commercialization of technical education as well as ensure the standard of the sector, two prime objectives in setting up the regulator in 1987. AICTE controls almost all professional courses including engineering, technology, management, MCA and pharmacy. The Supreme Court revoked its power to regulate MBA and MCA courses last year, ruling that these were not under the purview of the council. Controversies are nothing new to AICTE. It has been blamed for its “liberal approach” to approving colleges leading to mushrooming of private institutes, lowering the quality of education. An Assocham report a couple of years ago had said only 25% of the engineering graduates in India were employable. AICTE chairman SS Mantha was unavailable for comment. A MHRD official said: “This is supposed to be a step towards restructuring higher education bodies that have been under-performing, a long pending demand of educationists.” AICTE has been dragged to courts many times for its (controversial) approval and revoking process. Courts have nailed the regulator many times and have even imposed fines at least twice. Courtesy
Live Mint | Prashant K. Nanda | Sat, Nov 01 2014 |