IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

23rd November, 2022 Polity and Governance

Copyright infringement not intended


In News

  • T G Sitharam, the Director of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has been appointed as the chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • He will serve as the Council head for 3 years or before he turns 65 years old, whichever is earlier.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a statutory body, and a national-level council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education.
  • Established in November 1945 first as an advisory body and later on in 1987 given statutory status by an Act of Parliament, AICTE is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India.
  • It is a national-level apex advisory body to conduct a survey on the facilities available for technical education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner.
  • The AICTE Act was constituted to;
    • Provide for the establishment of an All India Council for Technical Education with a view to proper planning and coordinated development of a technical education system throughout the country,
    • Promotion of qualitative improvements of education in relation to planned quantitative growth.
    • Regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system.
  • The main objectives of AICTE are:
    • It is a statutory authority for planning, formulation, and maintenance of norms & standards.
    • Quality assurance through accreditation.
    • Funding in priority areas, monitoring, and evaluation.
    • Maintaining parity of certification & awards.
    • The management of technical education in the country.
  • The Government of India also constituted a National Working Group to look into the role of AICTE in the context of the proliferation of technical institutions, maintenance of standards, and other related matters.
    • The Working Group recommended that AICTE be vested with the necessary statutory authority for making it more effective, which would consequently require restructuring and strengthening with the necessary infrastructure and operating mechanisms.