Cabinet likely to discuss AICTE powers issue today
A proposal to amend the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Act to restore the powers of the body is expected to be taken up by the Union Cabinet today.

The amendment has become necessary after a Supreme Court ruling last year which had stripped the council of its powers to approve institutes offering technical courses.

Sources in the HRD Ministry said the AICTE (Amendment) Bill will be taken up in the ongoing Parliament Session if the proposal receives the Cabinet''s nod.

The proposal seeks to amend Section 2(h) of the Act and insertion of Section 24(A) in the Amendment Bill.

The decision to go for amendment comes eight months after the Supreme Court had struck down the council''s regulatory powers over technical institutes.

It said colleges affiliated to a university do not come under the purview of the definition of “technical institution” as defined under Section 2 (h) in AICTE Act, 1987.

UGC, meanwhile, has prepared broader guidelines on the matter of affiliating the technical institutes as an interim arrangement till the bill is passed by Parliament.

Under it, AICTE would set standards for technical institutes but universities would provide the affiliation. The institutes on their part would have to get themselves assessed by the National Board of Accreditation.