AICTE has amended its 2012 Regulations, to permit the approved technical institutions and polytechnics to offer courses, which come under the purview of other Regulatory Bodies. This means that an AICTE approved Institute can offer course, which are approved by other Academic Regulators, specially Government Certified Courses and Skill Development Programmes.
In 2012, AICTE in supersession of earlier Regulations, passed All India Council for Technical Education [Grant of Approvals for Technical Institutions] Regulations, 2012, which provided for procedure regarding grant of approval for starting new technical Institutions, introduction of new programme, increase of intake and extension for approval.
In the said Regulation, vide Clause 4, it provided that Technical Institutions and Polytechnics, which are offering Diploma Courses can start new Institution / Polytechnic only with the prior permission of the Council. There was direct provision in Regulation 4 to conduct courses of other disciplines or which come under the Regulatory Bodies.
However, by a recent amendment, AICTE in exercise of its powers conferred by Sub-section (1) of Section 23 read with Section 10 and Section 11 of the All India Council for Technical Education Act, 1987 has made amendment in Regulation 4 and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) (1st Amendment) Regulations, 2012.
The new amended Regulations add under Clause 4.1[g], which entitled the promoters of the Institution to run courses of any other Regulatory Body by using existing facilities, or by creating additional facilities as per the provisions laid down in the norms & standards of the respective Regulatory Body without affecting the quality of education prescribed by both Regulatory Bodies after taking prior approval of the Council.
This means that an AICTE approved Institute can offer course, which are approved by other Academic Regulators, specially Government Certified Courses and Skill Development Programmes.
The new Notification will help the Institutes in optimizing the facilities at the campus and also provide the Institutes with the opportunity to offer multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary courses to the students, thus improving the learning environment.
This will certainly help the Polytechnics to provide short term vocational education and skill development courses, assisting in bridging the skill gap.