This blog is created to invite opinion from all stakeholders of technical education in India i.e. institutions, principals, faculty members, students to voice their opinion for or against AICTE.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Why this Blog?

The necessesity of this blog is necessary in today's situation of technical education in India. As evident in the previous post "AICTE Act 1987" AICTE as a body has been created to regulate technical education in India.

While AICTE has been successful to some extent in regulating the technical education in India it has been a utter failure in bringing the qualitative dimension to its pursuit. In all these years AICTE has failed to learn from the accreditation processes of countries like USA, UK, Australia, Canada where the process in much more transperent and does not smack to disbelief in applicant institutions. Today all AICTE policies, procedures and rules originate from disbelief in applicant institution a reminder of a classical British Raj era. If even after more than 50 years of independence our Government cannot belive in us when would it start?

Moreover in its work to regulate technical education in India, it is becoming demonic everyday. Interesting, funny, stories of sloppy out of date AICTE standards is a matter of institutional folklore. The reason none of these things are discussed openly is because of fear of AICTE.

Through this blog, I wish to bring about comments about the AICTE functioning to the fore with a hope that some day someone from AICTE will see this blog take note of the same. AICTE's recent diktat of Mandatory disclosure is one such area.

AICTE says that without its approval:
  • no new Technical Institution or University Technical Department shall be started ; or
  • no course or programme shall be introduced by any Technical Institution, University including a Deemed University or University Department or College or ;
  • no Technical Institution, University or Deemed University or University Department or College shall continue to admit students for Degree or Diploma courses or programmes ;
  • no approved intake capacity of seats shall be increased or varied ;

In advertisements released in leading dailies AICTE has arbitrarily declared that any thing to do with “Technical Education” in India should come through AICTE approval.

In effect AICTE is saying that no one can teach any thing of technical nature in India without requesting their majesty the AICTE. While on AICTE website there are published norms only for Undergraduate and post graduate courses, they have included all sorts of technical education in the advertisement.

The intent and meaning of the advertisement sounds as if that if someone is teaching Applied Mechanics to a group of 4 students in his house, he too will need to go to AICTE for approval.

This kind of arbitrary behavior needs to be checked and the purpose of this blog is to invite public opinion on this aspect.

I invite all the stake holders from the technical education community to join me in blog to voice their clear, concise opinions vis-à-vis AICTE and hence this blog. All kinds of comments are welcome except the ones blaming an Individual or using bad language.

AICTE Act 1987

Definitions

  • Section 2 (g) of the Act - “technical education” means programmes of education, research and training in engineering, technology, architecture, town planning, management, pharmacy and applied arts and crafts and such other programme or areas as the Central Government may, in consultation with the Council, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare;
  • Section 2 (h) of the Act - “technical institution” means an institution, not being a University which offers courses or programmes of technical education, and shall include such other institutions as the Central Government may, in consultation with the Council, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare as technical institutions;

AICTE Act was enacted by the Parliament by virtue of the powers under Entry 66 of the Union List wherein exclusive power is vested with the Central Government with regard to technical education. AICTE Act was enacted with the object of regulating and coordinating the development of technical education throughout the country and also for establishment of proper and uniform norms and standard of technical education in India. Under Section 3, the Central Government shall appoint a Council called All India Council of Technical Education and under Section 10 of the Act, the Council has the following powers and functions:-

  1. "10 (1) it shall be the duty of the Council to take all such steps as it may think fit ensuring coordinated and integrated development of technical education and maintenance of standards and for the purpose of performing its functions under this Act, the council may undertake survey in the various fields of technical education, collect data on all related matters and make forecast of the needed growth and development in technical education;
  2. coordinate the development of technical education, collect data on all related matters and make forecast of the needed growth and development in technical education;
  3. allocate and disburse out of the Fund of the Council such grants on such terms and conditions as it may think fit to technical institutions and universities imparting technical education in coordination with the commission;
  4. promote innovations research and development in established and new technologies, generation, adoption and adaptation of new technologies to meet developmental requirements and for overall improvement of educational processes.
  5. create schemes for promoting technical education for women, handicapped and weaker sections of the society.
  6. promote an effective link between technical education system and other relevant systems including research and development organizations industry and the community;
  7. evolve suitable performance appraisal systems for technical institutions and universities imparting technical education, incorporating norms and mechanisms for enforcing accountability;
  8. formulate schemes for the initial and in service training of teachers and identify institutions or centres and set up new centres for offering staff development programmes including continuing education of teachers;
  9. lay down norms and standards for courses, curricula, physical and instructional facilities, staff pattern, staff qualifications, quality instructions, assessment and examinations;
  10. fix norms and guidelines for charging tuitions and other fees;
  11. grant approval for starting new technical institutions and for introduction of new courses or programmes in consultation with the agencies concerned;
  12. advice the central government in respect of grant of character to any professional body or institution in the field of technical education conferring powers, rights and privileges on it for the promotion of such profession in its field including conduct of examination and awarding of membership certificates;
  13. lay down norms for granting autonomy to technical institutions;
  14. take all necessary steps to prevent commercialisation of technical education;
  15. provide guidelines for admission of students to technical institutions and universities imparting education;
  16. inspect or cause to inspect any technical institutions;
  17. withhold or discontinue grants in respect of courses, programmes to such technical institutions which fails to comply with the directions given by the council within the stipulated period of time and take such other steps as may be necessary for ensuring compliance of the directions of the council;
  18. take steps to strengthen the existing organizations, and to set up new organizations to ensure effective discharge of the council's responsibilities and to create positions of professional, technical and supporting staff based on requirements;
  19. declare technical institutions at various levels and types offering course in technical education fit to receive grants;
  20. advise the commission for declaring any institution imparting technical education as a deemed university;
  21. set up a Nations Board of Accreditation to periodically conduct evaluation of technical institutions or programmes on the basis of guidelines, norms and standards specified by it and to make recommendation to it, or to the council or to the commission or to other bodies regarding recognition or de-recognition of the institution or the programme;
  22. perform such other functions as may be prescribed.