The system of according government approval to technical education institutions has been revamped, with the All India Council for Technical Education website acting as a transparent, single-window system for processing all applications.
The move is part of the government’s bid to usher in complete transparency in the functioning of technical educations in India.
The AICTE governs around 5,000 such institutes.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal re-launched the AICTE website on Thursday. He said the entire system, with data on existing institutions and new ones, would be in place within three years, but would begin functioning immediately.
There have been complaints that firms who own several technical education institutes (separately or as a group) frequently pass off the same faculty as employees of all the institutes. The new system will eliminate this by a computerised cross-referencing of all faculty, with bio-metric identification.
The new system will also deal with allegations of corruption in the AICTE. “We have now put in place a a transparent self-disclosure regime in opening new management and engineering institutions,” Sibal said.
He said this was the first step of many to follow, which would make the government’s functioning completely transparent.
The minister added that the government was working on a malpractice law that would “take care” of misrepresentation of details by institutes.