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Cut in AICTE power, respite to students

MUCH TO the respite of the students admitted to various professional and technical courses in various deemed to be universities, whose fates were in limbo over the AICTE approval status, the Union HRD Ministry in a recent notification dated April 5 has curtailed the jurisdiction of AICTE down to only monitoring the standard of the courses offered by such deemed to be universities.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 00:17 IST

MUCH TO the respite of the students admitted to various professional and technical courses in various deemed to be universities, whose fates were in limbo over the AICTE approval status, the Union HRD Ministry in a recent notification dated April 5 has curtailed the jurisdiction of AICTE down to only monitoring the standard of the courses offered by such deemed to be universities.

The HRD ministry in the communiqué stated, “It is not a pre- requisite for an institution notified as deemed to be university to obtain the approval of the AICTE to start any programme in technical or management education leading to an award, including degrees in disciplines covered under the AICTE Act 1987”.

It, however, said that institutions notified as deemed to be university were required to ensure the maintenance of the minimum standards prescribed by the AICTE for various courses that came under the jurisdiction of the said council.

The Union Ministry also restricted the AICTE from issuing any directions to the deemed to be university on the basis of the inspection report of the Council’s expert committee. It said, “The council may bring findings and recommendations of its expert committee to the notice of the University Grants Commission (UGC), which after considering the report and recommendations of the AICTE committee, if any, may issue necessary directions for appropriate action”.

In the only rider for the deemed to be universities, the ministry has reiterated that these institutions (deemed to be universities) are required to abide by the instructions/recommendations of the UGC, failing which the UGC may even recommend to the Central Government for withdrawal of the deemed to be university status.

However, as far as AICTE is concerned, it “may cause an inspection of the relevant departments of the institution declared as ‘deemed to be university’ offering courses that come under the jurisdiction of the AICTE Act 1987, in order to ensure the maintenance of standard”. In the wake of the MHRD notification, the Allahabad Agriculture Institute deemed to be university has clarified that no prior approval of AICTE is required to run courses in technical and management field coming under the AICTE Act.