To bring ‘transparency’ in administering technical education, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has decided that the basis on which an institute has got approval would be available on the All India Council For Technical Education’s (AICTE) website.
This would help students to verify credentials of an institute before taking admission.
At present there are no government portals from where students can verify claims of private institutes.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had last week directed the council officials to adopt a new e-governance system to make technical education “transparent” and “accountable”.
“Details of over 16,000 technical education colleges will be available on the AICTE website along with the entire approval process,” said a senior HRD ministry official, on condition of anonymity.
The AICTE seeks disclosure on standards from each institute, but these are not available for public viewing.
The move would also help in making the AICTE’s approvals process online.
Acting AICTE chairperson S.S. Mantha said the entire regulatory process would become online with minimum interface between the council officials and the institutes. “If within a stipulated time frame an application is not attended an alert will be generated for senior officials, who would be then duty bound to act,” he said.
“The mandatory inspections for approval will be video-graphed and put on the council’s website. Every detail about the institute... will be on the council’s website…” he added.
“Every other document had to be manually submitted to the AICTE offices… Then, one had to rush to the AICTE headquarters in Delhi for checking the status of the application,” said D.K. Garg, president of Association of Technical Education Institutes in Greater Noida, welcoming the new approach.