The Supreme Court of India has passed an interim order allowing the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to continue being the body in charge for approving technical institutes. The order, delivered earlier last week, clearly stated that the council can continue in accordance with the existing Approval Process Handbook.
“Approval Process Handbook (2013-14) is presently in force and the same has been extended and made applicable for the Academic Year 2014-15 as well. AICTE shall now proceed in accordance with the Approval Process Handbook for the Academic Year 2014-15. Necessary orders shall be issued by AICTE within 10 days,” the order issued by the bench comprising justices L M Lodha and Kurien, stated.
Meanwhile, AICTE has confirmed that it is going to study the order carefully while continue with their existing policies. “If we are given back approval powers we will not keep any restrictions with regard to starting technical institutions,” said S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE.
Expressing his joy over the verdict, E Balagurusamy, Former Vice Chancellor, Anna University, stated the order was indeed a heartening development. Balagurusamy also added that he was optimistic about AICTE getting complete power over technical and management institutes.