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UGC to bring New Technical Education Norms for Degree Institutions Only

Jan 3, 2014 07:01 IST

    HRD ministry and University Grants Commission (UGC) on 30 December informed that the new regulations being framed for technical education institutions is going to be implemented only for the colleges that are offering graduate degrees. According to the statement of a senior official, the draft regulations will leave out institutions offering all diploma courses.

    After the UGC proposed the new regulations a large number of management institutions reported complaint and are on their course to appeal at the Supreme Court (SC) against the proposed UGC directives. Their petition will be against the new regulation of UGC which shall delay the process of admission that is already going on.

     UGC had to seek this matter after the Supreme Court (SC) in early 2013 declared that permission of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is not needed to be obtained by the private colleges to receive consent for running MBA courses in their private institutions, because AICTE does not fall under the definition of technical education.

     The SC had also stated that AICTE's role vis-a-vis universities is "only advisory, recommendatory and one of providing guidance and has no authority empowering it to issue or enforce any sanctions by itself." Instead, the apex court had said regulatory function is with the UGC or the university.

    Sources from Ministry told that Management institutions failed to perceive the Supreme Court judgment as it does not affect diploma courses by non-affiliated institutions. However, the regulations have not been confirmed as yet and some more time will be taken to know the exact.

    To implement SC judgment, UGC came into the scene. Formerly, UGC wrote to universities who have affiliated colleges under it that no new courses should be permitted by them.
    A senior UGC official told that regulations need to be brought before the 2014-15 admission session activates.  On the other side, AICTE officials are still expecting of their regulatory function to return either by amendment or through ordinance.

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