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Private colleges challenge AICTE's approval norms in Delhi HC
24 Feb 2011

The private unaided professional institutions have filed a writ petition in the Delhi high court against the All India Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) latest norms for approval of new institutions or renewal of the existing ones for academic year (AY) 2011-12. The institutions have dubbed the norms as arbitrary, illegal, illogical and in contravention of various Supreme Court judgements.

The private institutions are protesting against AICTE’s new norms that came out in December 10, 2010. They mainly include "drastic" increase in the deposit money to be kept with the AICTE with a 10-year lock-in period for starting an engineering college, hike in processing fee under various heads, reduction in NRI admission quota from 15% to 5%, stringent punitive measures against non-compliance of refund in case of cancellation of admission, maintenance of faculty-student ratio, provision of 10 laboratories per course and constitution of board of governors by the institutions and providing for representation of two AICTE nominees.

The Federation of Associations of Managements of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions, which is the apex body of private unaided professional colleges in the country, has decided to take legal action against AICTE. The vice president R.P. Joshi said the decision is unanimous.

"The federation had asked all its member associations to submit their views on the new approval norms. We (AMUEC) did so by expressing our concern over provisions like the hike in fixed deposit to be kept with the AICTE from the existing Rs 35 lakh to Rs 90 lakh for a 10-year period." He said, "The norms provide that the deposit money will be refunded at the end of 10 years, but the AICTE will retain the interest earned on the same," said Joshi.

Further expressing his concern over the norm of maintaining 100% faculty in the private institutes, "The norms relating to maintenance of 100% faculty is impractical, considering the acute shortage of faculty faced by engineering colleges across the country. The Rama Rao committee, which was appointed by AICTE itself in the past, has recognised the faculty problem in its report", he said.

Meanwhile, AMUEC is also claiming that the new approval norms are contradictory to the apex court rulings in landmark cases such as the TMA Pai Foundation as well as the Islamic Academy of Education vs State of Karnataka; and the P A Inamdar vs State of Maharashtra, which are quite clear about the private institution's rights to fees and admissions.

It is to be noted the timing litigation falls very close to the AICTE’s schedule for approval of new professional institutions, including engineering colleges. The last date for filing of pleas with the AICTE is February 28. The federation moved the petition on February 15 seeking the court's intervention on the grounds that the AICTE may not accept their applications for not having fulfilled the new norms.

On February 18, the Delhi high court's single-judge bench of justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, which heard the petition, ruled that the institutions can file their applications by the stipulated date subject to further orders in the writ petition.

The AMUEC controls 177 private unaided engineering colleges in Maharashtra while the federation involves similar associations from key states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Orissa and Gujarat, among others.

[Source: Times of India]

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lalitha
05 Jun 2012

I have completed MCA, M. Tech in CS and Engg. As per your rules for faculty in CSE B. Tech and M. Tech in CSE. Kindly amend this rule in case of MCA and M. Tech holders so that they could be facluties in CSE departments in Engg. colleges. Many of us are waiting for this rule.and mscmtechis eligible for btech students what is cause not including mca,mtech pls be pass rule its number of persons are there like this catagiry

Deepak
03 Apr 2012

I was pursuing mba from a good institute but due to medical reason i have discontinued my PGDM program i have completed one and a half years my six months is left as i am having my gradesheet and noc can any one suggest me to complete my degree.....

VISMADEV CHATTERJEE
23 Mar 2012

We are facing financial lose due to new pattern adopted by AICTE pl. read the brief note under and obliged us to show the new sixth pay commission scale on your side and hand book AICTE Norms & Standards for Staff Pattern, Pay scales & Service Conditions of Technical Staff in Engineering Institutes

If, All India Council of Technical Education is to be effective in ensuring balanced development of technical education in terms of quantity and quality, the Council should use statutory powers rigidly given in AICTE Act 1987.

In the present education system, only teaching faculty (“teachers” as per existing AICTE/UGC definition) is at the centre of concentration of all. They have been given added significance. But, the qualified ‘academic’ Technical Staff working as Lab. Assistants, Lab. Technicians, Technical Assistants, Programmers, Computer operators, Instructors, demonstrators who train the students in a laboratory have negligible importance in the vision of the colleges, Universities, DTE, UGC & also AICTE/MHRD, and treated as Non-Teaching at par with administrative & other supporting staff in the campus and overlooked all the way.

The Pay Scales and Service Conditions, for different categories of Technical Staff are not prescribed by AICTE, even after two-three decades of introduction of these non-government & un-aided engineering colleges in the country.

In 1990, AICTE has framed short guidelines revealing Technical Staff Pattern along with job responsibilities and required minimum qualifications in the booklet of “AICTE Norms and Standards for degree level Technical Institutes”. These are not amended in subsequent publications of AICTE norms and standards.. These norms are mostly unnoticed in the private & self-financing, non government Engineering institutes in last decades due to lack of scrutiny process by the apex bodies.

AICTE Act 1987 offers same importance to the teachers and technical & supporting staff. At the same time, no particular clauses are spelled out for teachers in it. However, AICTE powers and functions are widely operational for the development of the technical education bearing in mind the welfare of the students and only teaching faculty. The curtain raiser technical staff has been entirely overlooked in the system even though it plays a significant role in technical education.

Clauses relating to the technical and supporting staff are specified in Section 10, Chapter III of AICTE Act 1987. It reveals

- It shall be the duty of the Council to take all such steps as it may think fit for ensuring coordinated and integrated development of technical education and maintenance of standards and for the purpose of performing its functions under this Act, the Council may

(n) take all necessary steps to prevent commercialization of technical education;

(i) lay down norms and standards for courses, curricula, physical and instructional facilities, staff pattern, staff qualifications, quality instructions, assessment and examinations;

(r) take steps to strengthen the existing organisations, and to set up new organisation, and to set up new organisations to ensure effective discharge of the Council’s responsibilities and to create positions of professional, technical and supporting staff based on requirements.

However, the Staff Structure with required minimum qualifications and pay scales for different categories of Technical Staff of Non-Government degree level Engineering Colleges are not spelled out by most of the universities in their Standard Code Rules, even though they are being treated as Non-Teaching. Moreover, AICTE has not prescribed uniform pay scales and service conditions for Technical Staff.

Let us hope, at least now after decades, MHRD or AICTE will take steps to prescribe norms and standards for Pay Scales and Service Conditions with uniform Staff Pattern and Career Advance Scheme for different categories of Technical Staff at par with the teachers.

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We are facing financial lose due to new pattern adopted by AICTE pl. read the brief note under and obliged us to show the new sixth pay commission scale on your side and hand book AICTE Norms & Standards for Staff Pattern, Pay scales & Service Conditions of Technical Staff in Engineering Institutes

In the present education system, only teaching faculty (“teachers” as per existing AICTE/UGC definition) is at the centre of concentration of all. They have been given added significance. But, the qualified ‘academic’ Technical Staff working as Lab. Assistants, Lab. Technicians, Technical Assistants, Programmers, Computer operators, Instructors, demonstrators who train the students in a laboratory have negligible importance in the vision of the colleges, Universities, DTE, UGC & also AICTE/MHRD, and treated as Non-Teaching at par with administrative & other supporting staff in the campus and overlooked all the way.

The Pay Scales and Service Conditions, for different categories of Technical Staff are not prescribed by AICTE, even after two-three decades of introduction of these non-government & un-aided engineering colleges in the country.

In 1990, AICTE has framed short guidelines revealing Technical Staff Pattern along with job responsibilities and required minimum qualifications in the booklet of “AICTE Norms and Standards for degree level Technical Institutes”. These are not amended in subsequent publications of AICTE norms and standards. These norms are mostly unnoticed either willingly or unknowingly in the private & self-financing, non government Engineering institutes for last few decades due to lack of scrutiny process by the apex bodies.

Clauses relating to the technical and supporting staff are specified in Section 10, Chapter III of AICTE Act 1987. It reveals

- It shall be the duty of the Council to take all such steps as it may think fit for ensuring coordinated and integrated development of technical education and maintenance of standards and for the purpose of performing its functions under this Act, the Council may

(n) take all necessary steps to prevent commercialization of technical education;

(i) lay down norms and standards for courses, curricula, physical and instructional facilities,
staff pattern, staff qualifications, quality instructions, assessment and examinations;

(r) take steps to strengthen the existing organisations, and to set up new organisation, and to set up new organisations to ensure effective discharge of the Council’s responsibilities and to create positions of professional, technical and supporting staff based on requirements.

However, the Staff Structure with required minimum qualifications and pay scales for different categories of Technical Staff of Non-Government degree level Engineering Colleges are not spelled out by most of the universities in their Standard Code Rules, even though they are being treated as Non-Teaching. Moreover, AICTE has not prescribed uniform pay scales and service conditions for Technical Staff.

Let us hope, at least now after decades, MHRD or AICTE will take steps to prescribe norms and standards for Pay Scales and Service Conditions with uniform Staff Pattern and Career Advance Scheme for different categories of Technical Staff at par with the teachers.

siddharth meena
14 Mar 2012

baba saheb ambedkar institute of technology and management plot-13b bodhella development area vikashpuri new delhi -110018 is approved by ime or not.

sreeji
22 Nov 2011

I have completed MCA, M. Tech in CS and Engg. As per your rules for faculty in CSE B. Tech and M. Tech in CSE. Kindly amend this rule in case of MCA and M. Tech holders so that they could be facluties in CSE departments in Engg. colleges. Many of us are waiting for this rule.

Harsh Vardhan Sharma
25 Sep 2011

why you could not 49.7/50% why you were hard for this rule that is it not 50% you were authority you can this rule implemented you not an animale you and your staff member a human so pleas think on this matter and pleas do fast or not indication to all of us who watting for..