IISc, deemed varsities may need AICTE okay for technical courses

IISc, deemed varsities may need AICTE okay for technical courses

The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and other Government and private deemed universities offering regular technical programmes  may  have to seek fresh approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to continue.

It's the fallout of the recent Supreme Court verdict, which banned offering of technical education through open and distance learning mode. The apex court order also brought all deemed-to-be-universities offering technical education under the jurisdiction of the AICTE, official sources told DH.

"Technically, IISc is now required to seek approval of the AICTE following the apex court's verdict the premier science institution is a deemed-to-be-university," they added.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has decided to issue a directive to the university grants commission (UGC) and the AICTE to amend the existing regulations for deemed-to-be-universities or formulate a new to bring those offering technical programmes under the jurisdiction of the AICTE.

"To bail out the IISc and other similar institutions of repute from the requirement of getting a fresh approval from the AICTE, the revised regulations may include a provision stipulating for granting an exemption to institutions with 3.5 and above NAAC accreditation," sources said.

The institutions which have figured in the list of top-500 higher educational institutions in the world may also be exempted from the requirement of getting fresh approvals from the AICTE.

The Ministry will soon issue a directive to the regulatory bodies to come up with revised regulations or new regulations for the deemed-to-be-universities offering technical programmes, sources added.

Following the apex court's verdict, the Ministry is also in process of constituting a three-member committee to prepare a road map "for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues within six months."

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