Supreme Court restores AICTE powers

New Delhi/April 23
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday restored the powers of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.
The Educationists felt relieved with the decision. The Supreme Court in its interim order dated April 17, 2014 restored the regulatory control of Technical Education to AICTE.
Last year as per the Supreme Court decision dated April 25, University Grants Commission (UGC) took over the rights of AICTE to grant approval for Institutions and courses in Technical sector, including engineering.
With this decision, the dilemma in the Education Industry is over now. There are mixed reactions in Education Industry over this decision. There are over 13000 Technical and Management Institutions in India and majority of them have felt sigh of relief with the decision.
While welcoming the decision, Dr J S Dhaliwal, President, Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) said that AICTE has been Regulatory Body for Technical Institutions of India for decades. With the AICTE role, the Colleges maintain better infrastructure, faculty, Lab Equipment, Library etc. resulting into better studies and placements.
Dr Anshu Kataria, Convener, PUTIA and Chairman, Aryans Group of Colleges,Chandigarh said that in the previous few years, in AICTE, the corruption has been ended and more transparency has come in the system. AICTE has made entire Approval Process online which has gained the popularity among the Institutions in last few years. So Supreme Court order has come as a relief to the existing and new Education Industry.
Kataria added that UGC circular dated 4th April saying that “no new college/new course would be sanctioned” was not fair. He demanded from AICTE that Approval Process for existing and new Colleges should be immediately started with same policies which were being continued in previous years. If any major policy changes has to be done, then it should be notified an year before.
It is to be mentioned that the decision has been taken by the court after hearing the petition of Odisha Technical College Association (OTCA). The latest order reverses the earlier order dated April 25, 2013 according to which institutes affiliated to University did not require AICTE approval. The order restores the pre April 25, 2013 regulatory position to AICTE.