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All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, Delhi
Address:Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, IP Estate
New Delhi (District New Delhi)
Delhi, India
Pin Code : 110001

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi is a Central Authority under the control of Government of India.
Principal of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi is Dr KP Lsaac.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is situated in New Delhi of Delhi state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. New Delhi comes under New Delhi Tehsil, New Delhi District.

Fax # of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi is +91-11-23392554, 23724183.

Contact Person(s) of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi is (are): V.K. Singoria (Mobile 9911721188).

email ID(s) is All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi Delhi

Website of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi is www.aicte.ernet.in, www.aicte-india.org.

Chairman : Dr. S.S. Mantha.
General Secretary : Dr KP Lsaac.

Contact Details of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi are : Telephone: +91-11-23392506, 63-65-68, 71, 73-75, 23724151, 57, 23724192, 23724671, 23724672

Email Id: vinodsingoria@msn.wm, ddtptte.delhi@nic.in

Dr. A.K. Pant, Vice Chairman
Dr. R.S. Rathore, Deputy Director


All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi Delhi runs course(s) in Education stream(s).


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Mis managed MBA courses: Will Devi Ahilya University wake up?

Indore: Even as management institutes across the country are preparing for the upcoming placement season, most MBA graduates from the Devi Ahilya University (DAU) wear a worn-out look these days. With almost none of its management courses being approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), most DAU MBAs fail to find employment with both government organisations and private firms.

The MBA (Business Forecasting) program offered by the DAUs School of Future Studies has attracted students but failed to bring recruiters to the campus. A local call centre was one of the few firms who showed some interest in students of this programme, recruiting two MBA graduates in the last three years.
Despite the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) reprimanding the university for running unaccredited courses, the DAU continues to offer its so-called professional courses under the guise of Ordinance 31, which promotes the development of autonomous schools and centres.

However, much to the chagrin of the DAU some of its professional degrees are not even recognised in the UGC NET examination.While Vice-Chancellor Dr PK Mishra has tried to wash his hands off the issue saying all the university was already offering many MBA courses when he took charge, SK Sohni, former administrative in-charge of the DAUs Institute Of Management Studies has slammed the university for running unauthorised courses and playing with students future.

Speaking to Dainik Bhaskar, Sohni said the DAU is using Ordinance 31 to hide its courses from the AICTE as accreditation of all programmes would see many being scrapped.

Counselling for admission to engineering colleges to begin from June 28

Bhopal: The online counselling of students who have cleared the Pre Engineering Test (PET) for admission to 82,000 seats in 223 engineering colleges of the state will begin from June 28. The counselling will be done by the Department of Technical Education.The first phase of counselling will be done for students selected under the tuition fee waiver scheme and will continue till July 10. For other students, counselling will start from July 3 and continue till July 18.

The registration of students taking admission under the tuition fee waiver scheme will begin from June 28, but they will able to choose their preferences only after June 30. The registration can be done by logging on to the website www.dtecounselling.gov.in. Students can also access information regarding the college they have been allotted online.
The updated list of new colleges and increased seats will be provided by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to Department of Technical Education after June 30 and the total number of seats will become clear only after this is done.

What is Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme
The scheme is being run by the government for the benefit of financially weak students. As per the scheme, the entire fee of entitled students is waived. Only students whose parents-guardians earn less than Rs 2.5 lakh per annum are eligible for the scheme.

. Students can also access information regarding the college they have been allotted online.
The updated list of new colleges and increased seats will be provided by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to Department of Technical Education after June 30 and the total number of seats will become clear only after this is done.

What is Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme
The scheme is being run by the government for the benefit of financially weak students. As per the scheme, the entire fee of entitled students is waived. Only students whose parents-guardians earn less than Rs 2.5 lakh per annum are eligible for the scheme.

AICTE approves MCNUs media management course

Bhopal: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved the MBA course of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNU).

MCNUs management courses are the first media related MBA course in the country to get approval from the AICTE.
The university has started specialised media management course in entertainment communication, corporate communication, advertisement and marketing communication and science and technology communication.

Admission in media management courses through All India Entrance Test
All the 60 seats of these newly introduced media management course have already been filled. MCNUs media management course is the only state government run management course in the central region approved by the AICTE in the academic session 2011-12.

World class MBA course Talking to Bhaskar News, MCNU vice-chancellor professor BK Kuthiyala pointed out that the media and entertainment industry is expanding very rapidly in the country and that the field requires a large number of people with sound technical and managerial skills.

To fulfil this requirement, the university planned to start MBA course of international standard, which has now been approved by the AICTE, said Kuthiyala.

AICTE approves MCNUs media management course

Bhopal: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved the MBA course of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNU).MCNUs management courses are the first media related MBA course in the country to get approval from the AICTE.
The university has started specialised media management course in entertainment communication, corporate communication, advertisement and marketing communication and science and technology communication.

Admission in media management courses through All India Entrance TestAll the 60 seats of these newly introduced media management course have already been filled. MCNUs media management course is the only state government run management course in the central region approved by the AICTE in the academic session 2011-12.
World class MBA course

Talking to Bhaskar News, MCNU vice-chancellor professor BK Kuthiyala pointed out that the media and entertainment industry is expanding very rapidly in the country and that the field requires a large number of people with sound technical and managerial skills.

To fulfil this requirement, the university planned to start MBA course of international standard, which has now been approved by the AICTE, said Kuthiyala.

AICTE approves MCNUs media management course

Bhopal: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved the MBA course of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNU).

MCNUs management courses are the first media related MBA course in the country to get approval from the AICTE.
The university has started specialised media management course in entertainment communication, corporate communication, advertisement and marketing communication and science and technology communication.

Admission in media management courses through All India Entrance Test All the 60 seats of these newly introduced media management course have already been filled. MCNUs media management course is the only state government run management course in the central region approved by the AICTE in the academic session 2011-12.
World class MBA course

Talking to Bhaskar News, MCNU vice-chancellor professor BK Kuthiyala pointed out that the media and entertainment industry is expanding very rapidly in the country and that the field requires a large number of people with sound technical and managerial skills.

To fulfil this requirement, the university planned to start MBA course of international standard, which has now been approved by the AICTE, said Kuthiyala.

Got just 45 percent marks in 12th? You could still become an engineer

Bhopal: Got less marks in class 12th boards? Dont worry. Your dream of making it to an engineering college will not be shattered as state education minister Lakshmikant Sharma has given his approval to the amendments made by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTI). Following the ministers approval, the new AICTI rules will be applicable in the state.

This means that students, who have secured just 45 percent marks in class 12th, will be eligible to take admission in engineering, B pharmacy and state polytechnic.According to new rules, which were floated in January this year, only those students were allowed admission in engineering colleges who have secured more than 50 percent marks in class 12th. Reserved class students enjoyed a five percent relaxation in this regard.

However, states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and others had objected to this rule and appealed the AICTI to take back its decision, saying such a criteria will only add to the problem for the college administrations as more number of seats will remain vacant. Also, taking an advantage of the scenario some of the private colleges could also sell the seats for hefty amount.

Taking note of these apprehensions, the AICTI amended its set of rules allowing admission to students securing 45 percent marks.

About 30,000 seats vacant in engineering colleges

Bhopal: The engineering colleges which are being opened at a rapid pace in the state are not proving to be financially viable. Many of the colleges are on the verge of closing down. Others are facing acute crisis of students.The state currently has about 200 colleges but most are financially in tatters. Boards of many colleges have outsourced administrative responsibility.he decision of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to not allow admission to students who have not scored at least 50% marks could further deteriorate the situation for the colleges which are already facing student shortage. The AICTE has freely been granting permission to open college. As a result the number of colleges has doubled in the last five years. The number of seats has also seen a corresponding increase of about 50,000.The students now have so many options when it comes to choosing college that apart from the main colleges, about 80% of the other colleges functioning at less than full capacity. Also there are 20 colleges which have not even been able to fill 20% of their seats. As a result the college administrators are finding it difficult to even meet the cost of water and electricity. Last year about 12 colleges (including Swami Vivekanand College and colleges of R K D Group) have changed their managements.

B S Yadav, director of the IEAS College, says that most colleges cost around Rs 7-8 crore to open and are usually opened on bank loans. Therefore without admissions, they find it very difficult to pay their installment.

Indore: Premier colleges still missing in online choice

Indore: The situation slightly improved on the second day of online choice filling, as students chose from a list of engineering colleges that are given extension approval by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).The list of approved colleges came late on Monday evening, It had most of the premier colleges missing . However, the absent names were included in the list on the second day.The name of the college that I wanted to choose was not enlisted on the first day, so I again logged in today to save my choice, said a student.However, certain names were still absent on the second day, as the colleges were not given approval by AICTE yet.According to AICTE norms, colleges have to seek for an extension approval annually, failing which they will face derecognition by the AICTE.Earlier, approval was given on lease for multiple years to conduct various engineering programmes, but the rule has been changed recently. It requires the engineering colleges to seek approval every year. The approval is followed by an assessment and evaluation process, monitored by AICTE. The final list of approved colleges is likely to be served to the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) by Wednesday. Students faced a similar problem of selecting the colleges of their choice for B. Pharma course, as most of the colleges have not received extension approval from AICTE.The list was displayed on the official website after 7 pm, when most of the B. Pharma students had already left, said Nodal Officer Ashish Sharma.

However, it is expected that the complete list will only be displayed after the DTE receives the approval directory from AICTE.

No nod for more engineering, MBA seats

Mumbai: College admissions are over, but there are still plenty of seats lying vacant in almost every stream of higher education.The state government has decided to stop new approvals for engineering seats until they see a demand for it.A huge number of vacant seats are seen in engineering courses even after introducing relaxations to eligibility criteria.After witnessing the current situation where around 30,000 seats are vacant in engineering, we have decided to take a break from approving any more seats for Maharashtra, said Rajesh Tope, higher and technical education minister.

After starting on infrastructure, colleges directly approach All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for approvals. We got almost-approved proposals of colleges in the final stage and we have no room to say no. We have decided to take precautions and will write to the AICTE asking them not to approve any more engineering or MBA colleges for Maharashtra for some time.A senior official from technical education department of Mantralaya said that they had asked the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) to work on a plan to get a clear picture of engineering seat distribution across the state.

A task force committee by DTE will research in all the six parts of the state for engineering and MBA colleges. The committee will check the industry requirement in each area and the kind of pass-outs in that area. For example, if the Nashik region does not need many automobile engineering pass-outs, then there is no point in approving more automobile engineering colleges in that region.

This year, around 40,000 seats in first year junior colleges are still vacant. Over 30,000 seats are vacant in the engineering stream and over 20,000 seats are yet to be filled in management institutes. Several traditional courses, such as bachelors in arts, commerce and science, still have vacancies. We have asked the deputy directors office to make a list of these colleges and examine why no one opted for them, said Rajendra Darda, school education minister.Medical seats in government medical colleges are full. All MBBS seats in the state medical colleges have been filled. Yet, September 30 is the last day of counselling, said CET head Dr Pradeep Vyas.

The last dates for admissions to BHMS and BAMS are October 30 and 31 respectively. The number of vacancies will be clear after admissions.



Date of decision: 28.10.2010

Reecha Madan .............Appellant
All India Counsel for Technical Edudcation New Delhi and others


Present: Shri H.S.Rakhra, Advocate, for the appellant.

The petitioner-appellant who has been unsuccessful in the selection for the post of Lecturer in harmaceutical Science in Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak has filed this appeal against the rejection of his writ petition. The two contentions urged before the learned Single Judge i.e. that there was no criteria for the selection and that the appellant is a better candidate than the selected candidate, has been reiterated before us. Additionally, it is submitted that the husband of the appellant had filed a writ petition against the University which fact has led to the non-selection of the appellant. In the present case the selection was made on the basis of an interview of the candidates. The same is a known and recognized method of recruitment. It is not the requirement of law that the parameters on the basis of which selection by interview is to be made should be laid down in advance. That the appellant is a better candidate than the person selected is an often repeated argument which has failed to find any favour with the courts. Determination of inter se merit of candidates is not the function of the court. In so far as the third ground urged is concerned, we are of the view that no cognizance of the same ought to be taken by us in the absence of any supporting materials. For the aforesaid reasons, we find no merit in this appeal. It is accordingly dismissed. No costs. As the Letters Patent Appeal stands dismissed, no order is required to be passed on the application for condonation of delay.



Govt, pvt colleges ink pact as CET counselling kicks off

Bangalore: Finally, it happened. Private professional colleges and the government signed the agreement on fee structure and seat sharing at 11am on Thursday, when the first round of Common Entrance Test (CET) counselling got under way.

The pact holds good for admission to under-graduate medical, engineering and dental courses during the academic year 2011-12. Secretaries of the Higher Education Department and Medical Education Department inked the pact, with Panduranga Shetty and MR Jairam representing the college managements. As per the agreement which was reached after the government accepted all management demands, the colleges that collect Rs 30,000 as fee for a government quota seat, can charge Rs 1.25 lakh for a management seat. Those who collect Rs 35,000 for quota seats, can't charge more than Rs 1 lakh. There was no change in the seat sharing ration of 45:55 (45% for government quota).

For medical courses, the seat matrix is 40:60, while the fee is Rs 35,000 for government quota seats and Rs 3.25 lakh for management seats.

For dental courses, the seat sharing ration is 20:80, 20% being for quota. The fee structure is Rs 25,000 for government quota seats and Rs 2.30 lakh for management seats.

Meanwhile, the CET counselling started with the medical examination of physically-challenged candidates at the premises of the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). A committee comprising the KEA executive director and doctors nominated by the government conducted the medical examination. Seat selection for candidates eligible for the physically-challenged quota will be done in two sessions (10.30am and 2pm) on Friday for medical, dental, ISMandH and engineering courses.

About 150 candidates appeared for the examination and of them, 103 were declared eligible and the panel has recommended further examination for four others.

As many as 41 medical seats are available to them, while the number of seats is 17 in dental and 900 in engineering.

Government subsidy
The State Department of Higher Education announced a subsidy of Rs 5,000 for poor-meritorious candidates who avail seats at Rs 35,000.
While the government has prescribed two slabs of fees, it is up to the college to choose which fee structure it wants and students have no option here. Most city-based colleges, including some prime institutions, decided to provide government quota seats for Rs 30,000 each.

Last year, the government had granted a subsidy of Rs 10,000 to those who secured ranks within 20,000 and whose family income was less than Rs 2 lakh. This year, that cap has been revised to Rs 2.5 lakh and 25,000th rank, but the subsidy has been decreased to Rs 5,000.

Supernumerary quota
This year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted permission to all colleges to provide 5% reservation for poor-meritorious students under the supernumerary quota. However, the managements want to fill in those seats through the KEA. That means, meritorious CET students would get 5% more seats. For this, the quota colleges need not get AICTE approval.

Till now, the 100% tuition fee waiver scheme had been overseen by the AICTE which allowed colleges to provide up to 10% extra seats to economically-unprivileged students.

From now, the institutions have to implement the scheme on their own. Till 2010, the institutions had the power to decide whether they have to apply for this scheme or not.

But now, after the change in norms, it has been made mandatory for each technical institute approved by the AICTE to reserve up to 5% of the seats for students from economically-backward sections.

Second shift in engineering

Sir, – This has reference to the declaration made by the Chief Minister on the eve of New Years Day as well as to the recent notification of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on opening of second shift in engineering colleges. The Chief Minister declared that the intake capacity in engineering colleges of the State will be enhanced to 3000 from the current intake of 800. AICTEs recent notification also states about the opening of second shift in engineering colleges within the existing infrastructure in those States of India where the number of engineering colleges per lakh people is less than the all India average. The idea behind this notification is to eliminate the huge imbalance persisted within the country with regard to the technical education and technical manpower as well. With this view, AICTE, a statutory body of the Government of India, has proposed to increase the intake capacity by having a second shift within the framework of the existing infrastructure. AICTE along with this proposal recommended several things regarding the appointment of 50 per cent new permanent faculty member, increase in books in the library etc. AICTE also announced the timing for the two shifts to be from 7 a.m to 1.30 p.m and from 2 pm to 8:30 pm. In the mean time, the State government has initiated work to open three new engineeringcolleges at Kokrajhar, Hailakandi and Jorhat. As a part of the AICTEs proposal, the Higher Education (Technical) Department of Assam has also decided to open the second shift in the two State engineering colleges. In a recent letter from the Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, the College authorities were asked to do the necessary ground work for getting permission from AICTE. To discuss the pros and cons of the proposal as well as to figure out the plausibility of opening the second shift, the Principal of Assam Engineering College (AEC) convened a general meeting on January 6. All the faculty members unanimously welcomed the governments decision and at the same time opined that the decision should not be made in haste. The members present have carefully scrutinised the proposals of AICTE, and government.

The present scenario at AEC with regard to the faculty position is very dismal. The Electronics and Telecommunication department is currently running with only three teachers. This department is also taking the burden of Computer Science branch. Similarly, there are lots of vacancies in each and every department of AEC. Three branches, namely Industrial and Production Engineering, Instrumentation and Computer Science, have been running without a single faculty since their inception in 1998. It is surprising to note that these three branches are getting AICTE recognition without any difficulty.

The faculty members also highlighted the grim power situation, shortage of staff quarters and students hostels, which will become utmost requirements once the second shift is started. AEC is not a residential college and as such a section of the students and the employees stay outside the college campus. Plying of frequent bus service in the day time and night to drop staff and students in and around Guwahati will be the other requirement. Looking into all these aspects, the faculty members of AEC urged the government to review its decision and requested to initiate necessary measures to remove the present impediments before giving a concrete shape to the proposal.

The faculty members feel that the employment avenues for the engineers are going to decline due to the present global recession. The end result will be the generation of large number of unemployed graduate engineers in the State. Assam is not an industrial State and as such there are not many scopes for generation of employment for the engineers. The engineering graduates from the State have to look for employment avenues outside the State. –Yours etc., A Borah, Jalukbari, Guwahati.

AICTE sets new rules to start engineering college

Starting a new engineering college in the country from this year will be tough, as the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has changed its norms for starting engineering colleges.

With the new rule in place, colleges now need to register under the Companies Act and have to obtain land documents cleared by the state planning authority, besides possessing 2.5 acres of land in urban and 10 acres in rural areas.

AICTE chairman Prof S.S. Mantha said the council has received several complaints about colleges functioning in rented premises and without proper land records. Some of the institutions are run on Poramboke land. College owners should think from the students point of view as to what will happen if the government takes back the land. Where will the students go? Hence, we do not want to put the fate of the students at risk, so colleges without proper land records will not get our approval, Prof. Mantha said, while addressing engineering college owners at Anna University, here on Tuesday.

He also warned institutions, which do not have a qualified principal-director for more than 18 months, that the council would initiate punitive action by banning admission in the college. Prof. Mantha also warned colleges, which do not maintain the prescribed faculty and student ratio, besides not adhering to government pay scales, that the council would recommend to the concerned university the stopping of admission in respective courses and even withdraw the approval for the institution.

Tech colleges block UID plan

The initiative of the All India Council for Technical Education to issue unique identification numbers (UIDs) to all the students and faculty members in engineering colleges by April-end has hit a roadblock due to opposition from college managements.

The managements are yet to send the data on students and faculty to the AICTE despite repeated circulars from the technical body that it will impose additional financial burden on them.

The project was envisaged to streamline engineering education as well as to keep a tab on faculty members who work in multiple institutions against the norms.

The college managements want the AICTE to bear the cost of each UID card, estimated to be anywhere between Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. The colleges will have to instal biometric devices for the usage of UID cards, which the managements say will financially burden them further.

However, the AICTE wants the managements to bear the expenditure from their own funds and has no objection even if they collect the fees from students for the purpose.

The college managements contend that nearly 80 per cent of the students from across the state are from poor families and depend on the fee reimbursement scheme to pursue studies.

They argue that there is no scope for the managements to collect the amount from these poor students for issuing UID cards.

Andhra Pradesh to get more tech seats

The number of seats in prominent engineering colleges in the state is set to increase significantly this year.

The recent decision of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to lift the upper cap of 540 seats in engineering colleges accredited by the National Bureau of Accreditation (NBA) has prompted college managements to apply for more seats.

As per revised norms, the AICTE will permit additional sections with 60 seats in each branch, provided the colleges have adequate built-up area to accommodate additional students.

The AICTE got about 100 applications from top colleges to grant additional sections. It is expected to give 120 more seats in each college resulting in addition of 12,000 seats overall.

The government is against any increase in seats as the number has touched three lakh and about one lakh seats went vacant last year.

Edu-loans for students, institutions soon: HRD

The Union human resource development (HRD) ministry is planning to start an education finance corporation, which will be an organisation dedicated to providing education loans to students and to private education institutions for enhancing their infrastructure.

Speaking to reporters after delivering her presidential address at Great Lake institutes convocation on Thursday, union minister of state for HRD D. Purandeswari said that the corporations funding would help more students to pursue higher education in the country.

Asked about B-schools charging exorbitant fees and whether HRD ministry plans to regulate them, D. Purandeswari said the union government had no control over fees charged by private institutions. The government appeals to the business schools not to involve in profiteering. Education should be accessible to students B-schools should provide education loans to students, she said.

Responding to another question, Ms Purandeswari said that the HRD ministry was yet to review deemed universities that were blacklisted by the Supreme Court.

Several colleges have applied to us seeking deemed university status and we have written to them asking them to abide by the new regulations laid down by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), she said.

Ms Purandeswari also said that the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) Bill was still with the law ministry.

Once the law ministry clears the Bill we will table it in Parliament and I am hopeful parliamentarians will clear it, she said.

7 Pharma colleges blacklisted

The Pharmacy Council of India has cracked the whip on seven pharmacy colleges in the state for admitting more students than permitted. With this, the one-upmanship between the All India Council for Technical Education and PCI over control of pharmacy colleges has taken a new turn.

The PCI has barred admissions to these colleges from the ensuing academic year 2012-13. The PCI has informed the state government that these colleges have violated the Education Regulation Act, 1999, by admitting more students than they were permitted and has asked the government to initiate action against them. It also asked the government not to include these colleges in Eamcet counselling next year.

The managements of these colleges claim that their intake is as approved by AICTE and that PCIs diktat is unilateral and unjustified. They have urged the PCI to sort out the problem with AICTE. While PCI gives approval for 60 seats in a pharmacy college, AICTE has approved an intake of up to 200 seats. PCIs contention is that AICTE has given indiscriminate approval to the increase in student intake without conducting proper inspections to see whether the infrastructure and faculty in the colleges is adequate.
Pharmacy Council of India has made it clear that it will not recognise the degrees awarded to students by colleges that gave admissions in excess of the number approved by PCI.

PG management course fees set to drop

Fees for students enrolling for the post-graduate diploma in management course in premier B-schools will be significantly reduced starting this year. The state higher and technical education departments fee fixation committee will now decide the fee structure for the much-sought-after two-year course, according to a new regulation brought in by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Colleges have so far decided their own fees. With the new rule, the fees — usually in the range of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh — are expected to come down by as much as 50%. The rule will be applicable for 55 B-schools in the state conducting the approved course, including SIES Nerul, SP Jain, KJ Somaiya, Welingkars, MET Bandra and Chetana College in Mumbai, and will benefit about 8,000 students a year.

Institutes will also no longer be allowed to hold their own entrance exams but will have to take state-held common entrance tests, thus ensuring state control over 80% of the general quota seats.The state fee fixation committee will try to bring in a common-range fee structure, just like that for the state-run Masters in Management Studies (MMS), said SK Mahajan, director of technical education.The two-year MMS course has a fixed fee structure, with fees ranging from Rs. 70,000 per year to Rs. 1.75 lakh per year.

Prosecution of ex-AICTE chief sought

A former Indian Institute of Technology Madras director who headed the All India Council for Technical Education during the NDA regime faces the prospect of prosecution for alleged cheating and forgery during his tenure. Targeting corruption at the AICTE during the NDAs tenure, for the first time, the CBI has recommended prosecution of R Natarajan, former chairman of Indias top technical education regulator, top sources at the investigative agency confirmed.

Natarajan was chairman of the AICTE between 2001 and 2004, before which he was director of IIT Madras. He has also held several other top positions If prosecuted, Natarajan will be the first IIT director to face criminal charges. The CBI has also recommended prosecution of 13 other officials, in a report to the human resource development (HRD) ministry, the sources said. We have established that the rot at the AICTE started well before 2004, and have evidence of the complicity of Natarajan and other officials we want to prosecute, a senior investigator said.

The CBI has recommended prosecution for cheating, forgery, forgery with the intent of cheating and criminal conspiracy against Natarajan and the 13 other officials. It has recommended departmental action against 13 other officials who were members of AICTE committees or members of inspection committees.

Natarajan and the 13 others, who the CBI wants to prosecute allegedly conspired to approve, extend the approval and allow increase in student intake capacity of Chennai-based JA Institute of Engineering and Technology using forged documents.
The AICTE officials accorded approvals despite knowing that the managing trustee was not planning to establish the college as required under norms, and based on fabricated fixed deposit receipts, the CBI investigation report says. The CBI last year arrested the AICTE member secretary K Narayana Rao and raided the home and office of then chairman RA Yadav, based on complaints of bribery. The agency has found evidence against Yadav, Rao and several other officials who were working at the AICTE under them.

Common entrance launched for AICTE-approved institutes

Registration has started for the first-ever Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2012 conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The three-hour test will be conducted from February 20-28, 2012, in 61 cities.

Following a Supreme Court order, the AICTE launched the na
tional test to replace state-level exams and reduce the pressure of students writing multiple exams. CMAT scores are to be used for entry to postgraduate management courses both at degree and diploma levels in AICTE-approved institutions-university departments. There are about 4000 AICTE-approved institutions for MBA-PGDBM, for four lakh seats, in the country.

We expect all AICTE-approved institutes will take it, says KP Isaac, member secretary, AICTE. Most states will not have their entrance examinations, so institutes would accept CMAT scores. He expected 3000-4000 institutes to be covered by the new test.

Since this is the first year of the test, it is learnt that institutions can accept the scores from one of the following five tests – CAT, MAT, GMAT of the US and CMAT in this admission cycle.

According to Isaac, the CMAT will be mandatory for institutes to consider for admissions in 2013. He also says that now as well as even from 2013, the CMAT will exclude about 100-200 institutions, such as the IIMs, business schools of IITs and a number of Central and state universities, including the University of Delhi. All those which are not governed by AICTE will continue with their tests, says Isaac.

Minority institutions will conduct admissions as per the provision available for such categories.

IIT, NIT profs involved in AICTE scam: CBI

CBI investigators have found that professors of top engineering colleges, including the Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology, were prima facie involved in illegal approvals for private engineering colleges across India. After an 11-month probe into the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) scam that began with the arrest of its chairman Prof. R. A. Yadav in New Delhi, the CBI has registered 42 cases against engineering colleges for illegally obtaining AICTEs permission without having even basic infrastructure and facilities.

In one case, the agency found that the same building was shown to AICTEs expert committees three times to obtain approvals for three different engineering colleges. In Uttar Pradesh, a committee submitted its inspection report in favour of Rajendra Singh Institute in Aligarh last year despite the fact that the site was farmland.
We found that there was nothing at the site. Weve booked several persons, including a professor from IIT Delhi, who submitted the wrong inspection report for allowing the said institute to start an engineering college, a CBI source said. Since July last, the CBI has investigated more than 200 complaints and found that 42 engineering colleges were illegally granted approvals. The agency has filed chargesheets in two cases pertaining to colleges in Gujarat and Rajasthan, and is expected to complete investigations in the other 40 cases by the end of 2010.An agency official said: More than 100 persons have been accused in these cases currently being investigated by 17 CBI branches across India.

It was found that AICTE officials from top to bottom seem to have formed a cartel. Some expert committees, the official said, did not even visit the sites before submitting reports, while in many cases it was found that the experts deliberately visited the same site again and again and issued certificates for starting two to three engineering colleges at the same place.

Since there are more than 8,000 engineering colleges in India and weve been forwarding fresh complaints to the HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry for further action. The ministry, after its probe into these cases, would be referring back only those cases to us in which criminal intent of officials are prima facie found. In the rest of the cases, however, it will initiate disciplinary actions on its own, the official said

Rajasthan High Court issues notices to JNVU, MGSU and MDS universities

There is a huge boost for management aspirants in the state as the number of seats has increased by 50 per cent to about 33,000 for this academic year. The reason behind the increase is that for the first time this year the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved evening batches for Management in Business Administration courses to meet the increasing demand from students.

Also, the AICTE has allowed new colleges to start their batch with 120 students instead of 60 students, which was the earlier norm. Colleges will have a second shift which will begin after 1 pm. This will open up more seats for students, said an official from the Directorate of technical Education (DTE). While across the state 65 new colleges have been approved and 16 colleges have been allowed a second shift, in Mumbai nine new colleges have been approved and and five have been given a second shift.

In Mumbai, Don Bosco College in Kurla, Anjuman Islam College in Fort, Yerela Management Institute in Navi Mumbai, Lala Lajpat College and Sterling College in Nerul have got approvals for evening batches. But will this new rush of colleges find takers? Today a management degree has become a necessity in most organisations so there is a demand but there should be a check on quality of these colleges, said Stephen DSilva, director, JBIMS, one of the most coveted management schools in the state. Every year, college proposals are forwarded to the AICTE for approval. The approvals usually come in by June 30 so that colleges can begin admissions from the same academic year.

Many distance learning courses not recognised: AICTE

Several courses offered by popular distance education institutions like Sikkim Manipal University and Punjab Technical University are unapproved, Indias apex technical education regulator has warned students. The All India Council for Technical Education has warned students across India to avoid these courses because degrees earned at the end of these programmes will be unrecognised. The AICTE member secretary has issued a public advisory recently, council member secretary D.K. Paliwal confirmed.

The decision came after the AICTE received several complaints from students and other stakeholders of institutions – including SMU and PTU – running technical education programmes through distance mode, the sources said.
Thousands of students across India are enrolled in various distance education programmes offered by SMU and PTU, which are among the countrys best known and most popular institutions for distance education after Indira Gandhi National Open University.

AICTE acting chairman S.S. Mantha said the council under its policy approved distance education programmes only in MBA and MCA. Any other programme offered through distance education has not been approved by us, Mantha said.
SMU offers a slew of engineering, technology and hospitality-related programmes through the distance mode. PTU also offers a BSc in information technology. Any institution can start a distance education course only after it is approved by a joint committee of the AICTE, University Grants Commission and the Distance Education Council.
PTU Dean Dr N.P. Singh, however, said the varsity had obtained approval from the joint panel. The AICTE advisory is unwarranted as it will create confusion among them, he said.

We went through the entire process of applications. Our programmes were recognised by the DEC but face the AICTEs concerns because of technicalities which are not in our hands, SMU academic director V. Sivaramakrishnan said.
Paliwal however told that at the last meeting of the tripartite committee, SMU and PTU requests for recognition to various programmes were rejected.

Glitch hits Chhapra engineering college, Katihar polytechnic

PATNA: The pre-announced start of the first session of the government engineering college at Chhapra and polytechnic based at Katihar from July this year has been hit by unforeseen glitch, as the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has not yet given its approval to the two new institutions.

During their recent visit to Delhi early this month, science and technology department director Shribhagwan Singh, accompanied by assistant director Anant Kumar, pleaded with the AICTE for the early grant of its approval so that the first session of the two institutions could be started as per the schedule. However, the AICTE did not make its mind clear.

Everything is all right -- sab thik thaak hai. We expect the AICTE approval tomorrow, or day after tomorrow, or any day after that. Their attitude is positive, said Singh, adding: Yet, any delay on the part of the AICTE in granting its letter of approval (LoA) to the two institutions could also jeopardize the start of their first session.

The department, in the circumstances, would like the AICTE approval to come before the start of the counselling of students for admission in engineering colleges, which, as per the schedule, is to commence from the first week of June. If the AICTE LoA comes after counselling, then there will be the real problem for admission of students in the two new institutions. We, at best, are hopeful that AICTE would heed our pleas and take note of our peculiar situation, Singh added.

The glitch, however, has occurred due to certain clauses of the AICTE norms for the grant of its approval which any new institution has to comply with. On the face of it, as the officials of the department put it, the norms have been so set and designed that they mainly address the cases of engineering colleges, polytechnics and other related institutions opened in the private sector, where admission fees are high.

The AICTE norms, by and large, do not address the cases of such institutions opened or started in the public or government sector at low admission fees -- like the admission fee of Rs 10 per month charged on students of engineering colleges in the state, since they have to address problems of students hailing from diverse classes of families.

Among the few salient norms include demand for financial statement from the manager of the bank that holds the account of the institution, affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper, certificate issued by architect of the buildings on the campus, details of accounts of the income and expenditure for three years duly audited by chartered accountant, and annual allotment of Rs 4 lakh for subscription of international science journal, among a few others.

When asked about the compliance with the AICTE norms, Singh said, Yes, we have made our compliance, both orally and through documents. We are waiting for its LoA. The fact is that ours is a government institution. The AICTE team has visited the two institutions and also submitted its report. They are convinced. Yet, our feeling is that there should be separate norms both for private and government institutions.

Colleges accused of selling NRI seats

A fresh controversy is brewing over seats under the NRI quota in the states engineering colleges, with the association of college managements seeking a CBI probe into the largesse allegedly offered to a select few institutions. While the AICTE norms stipulate that only 5 per cent of seats should be allotted under the NRI quota, the state government allows managements of some elite institutions to offer 15 per cent seats to students who can afford them, it is alleged.

This is done by substituting the clause in lieu of NRI to the NRI quota in a direct violation of AICTE norms. Taking advantage of this, some top engineering colleges openly sell these seats, it is alleged.

The Consortium of Engineering and Professional Colleges Management Associations of AP has now demanded a CBI investigation into the issue, alleging that some unscrupulous ministers and government officials have relaxed the rules with kickbacks from certain elite institutions. Mr Nimmaturi Ramesh, general secretary of the consortium, said: A college with 600 seats is allowed to admit 90 students in NRI quota by relaxing these (AICTE) norms. That way, these colleges get undue benefit up to Rs. 9 crore.
They offer kickbacks to ministers and officials concerned to secure relaxation. We demand a CBI inquiry. As part of the ploy to get admissions under the NRI quota, students who fail to get seats on merit through Eamcet are asked to get a letter from an NRI, stating that he-she will sponsor the student.

However, in reality though, the students parents pay the entire fee, it is learnt. As part of NRI quota, the government allows college managements to collect $5,000 per annum as prescribed by the Admission and Fee Regulatory Committee. This amounts to nearly Rs. 2.5 lakh per candidate. The regular fee is Rs. 95,000 per annum. Besides, while the AICTE norms specify the fee for admissions under the NRI quota can be paid only in dollars, these colleges accept the money in rupees, thereby flouting another stipulation, it is alleged.

All India Council for Technical Education tweaks engineering cutoff; nod for another college

PANAJI: A higher number of engineering aspirants will be able to bag a seat for the professional course in Goa for the academic year 2012-13. Not only has the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) relaxed the eligibility criteria to get into an engineering college this year, it has also given its nod to a new 180-seat engineering institute in Assagao.

Other than a students score at the Goa common entrance test (GCET), his or her score at the Class XII in physics, mathematics and a third subject of either chemistry or biology is together taken into account while preparing the merit list for entrance to an engineering college in Goa. The Class XII score of the three subjects combined had to be 50% for a student to be eligible for an engineering seat until last year, this percentage has been brought down to 45 this year, technical education deputy director Pradip Kusnur said.

Kusnur said the relaxation in percentage will be applicable across the country, but in Goa it will essentially mean that students who score between 45% and 50% will now not have to leave the state to pursue an engineering degree.

He added that the eligibility was revised by AICTE as many seats would remain vacant in mainly larger states, many of which have hundreds of engineering institutes operational.

These students who score between 45% and 50% go to other states and get an engineering degree anyway. Now, we will be able to retain these students in Goa institutes, Kusnur said.

Speaking on the new engineering college, Kusnur said, AICTE has granted its approval to a 180-seat engineering college by Fr Agnel Institute at Assagao. It has to only get the Goa University approval now. It will offer three streams-computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering-with a capacity of 60 seats each.

The process of preparing a merit list by the directorate of technical education to entry into professional degree courses in Goa is presently on. The list of students eligible for a seat for the medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy and homeopathy courses has already been released by the directorate. The provisional merit list will be ready by Thursday, where the aspirants will know if they can be accommodated as per merit in the seats available in Goa.

The final merit list will be ready by Friday, following which the admission process to the professional courses will begin.

AICTE suspends fresh intake of students at Rajkot college

AHMEDABAD: In a drastic move the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has disallowed a degree engineering college in Rajkot, fresh student intake as it did not have Non-Agricultural (NA) permission for the land on which it had established the institute.

On May 14, AICTE cancelled 360 seats of the GK Bharad engineering college in the first year of the engineering institute. The AICTE clarified that cancellation of the seats pertain to the first year only and does not amount to cancellation of the affiliation of the college to AICTE.

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