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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is the statutory body established for proper planning and co-ordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India. It was established in November, 1945. The AICTE accredits postgraduate and graduate programs under specific categories at Indian institutions as per its charter [10]. In 2009, the Union Minister of Education formally communicated his intentions of closing down AICTE and related body, the University Grants Commission - due to corruption and inefficiency charges against the bodies - in favour of a larger regulatory body. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] The AICTE has its Headquarters in Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi, which has the offices of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and the Member Secretary.

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Objectives

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The AICTE Act of 1987

AICTE is vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through school accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education in the country as part of the AICTE Act No. 52 of 1987.

The AICTE Act, stated verbatim reads:

To provide for establishment of an All India council for Technical Education with a view to the proper planning and co-ordinated development of the technical education system throughout the country, the promotion of qualitative improvement of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth and the regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system and for matters connected therewith.

Current Objective

In order to improve upon the present technical education system, the current objectives is to modify the engineering curriculum as follows:

  1. Greater emphasis on design oriented teaching, teaching of design methodologies, problem solving approach.
  2. Greater exposure to industrial and manufacturing processes.
  3. Exclusion of outmoded technologies and inclusion of the new appropriate and emerging technologies.
  4. Greater input of management education and professional communication skills.

AICTE Bureaus

The AICTE comprises nine Bureaus, namely:

  • Faculty Development (FD) Bureau
  • Undergraduate Education (UG) Bureau
  • Postgraduate Education and Research (PGER) Bureau
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Bureau
  • Planning and Co-ordination (PC) Bureau
  • Research and Institutional Development (RID) Bureau
  • Administration (Admin) Bureau
  • Finance (Fin) Bureau
  • Academic (Acad) Bureau

For each Bureau, Adviser is the Bureau Head who is assisted by technical officers and other supporting staff. The multidiscipline technical officer and staff of the Council are on deputation or on contract from various Government Departments, University Grants Commission, academic institutions etc.

Approved colleges

In 2004 there was 1,346 engineering colleges in India approved by the AICTE with a seat capacity of 4,40,000. In 2008 there was 2388 engineering colleges with a total student intake capacity of 8.2 lakh students and 1231 management institutes with an annual intake of 1.5 lakh students.

Other than engineering and MBA colleges there was 1137 MCA, 1001 Pharmacy, 86 HMCT, 11 Applied arts and crafts, 285 PGDM approved by AICTE. By the end of December 2008, number of applications pending to seek AICTE approval were 886 engineering and technology, 250 MBA, 834 MCA, 120 Pharmacy, 124 HMCT, 1 Applied arts and crafts (Total 2237). Hope, out of these 2237 applications, more than 70% will get approval in 2009.

Controversies

In late 2007, an anonymous letter addressed to Cabinet Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh, claimed that the then Vice Chairman Professor Ram Avatar Yadav, was drawing two salaries in parallel: one as pension from Delhi University, and the other from AICTE [10][11].

In response to investigations by the vigilance cell of the Indian Government's Ministry of HRD, Prof. Yadav returned an unknown fraction of the surplus salary he had withdrawn for 3 years in March 2008. No clarifications could be ascertained from any of the parties involved[12]

See also

External links

[AICTE Web portal]http://www.aicte-india.org/]

References


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