AICTE to relax norms for setting up new institutes
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to relax the norms to set up new higher education institutions.The move came in as a result of dearth of students in engineering, pharma and management colleges of the country.
According to the new proposal, engineering and technological institutions can seek an intake of 300 in the first year itself which was 240 earlier. Similarly, MCA, MBA, PGDM, pharmacy and art and craft institutions can seek an intake of 120 instead of 60. AICTE also doubled the first year intake of architecture and town planning. Under the changed guidelines, these institutes can have 80 students instead of 40.
A major bottleneck to start a new institute is the availability of land which has also been brought down by AICTE. Under the new guidelines, land requirement for engineering institutions in four mega cities has been reduced from existing three acres to two- and-a-half acres and in metro cities, including Bangalore, from five to four acres.
âDemand for new colleges, especially in the city areas, is increasing every year. But due to the non-availability of land, many colleges could not run institutes. AICTEâs decision will definitely encourage more people to invest in colleges with increased intake,â said a senior officer from the department.
Opposing the move, member of Consultative Committee for MHRD and Mysore MP H. Vishwanath said, âIn fact, many members opposed the new initiatives. Presently, AICTE is managed by an ad hoc committee and there are no statutes. I will oppose any move that dent the sanctity of education,â
[Source: Deccan Chronicle