The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has initiated a groundbreaking move by engaging over 700 senior faculty members from prestigious institutions like IITs and NITs to conduct inspections in technical colleges affiliated with it. The objective is to enhance the quality of education in these institutes under the revamped approval process.
In a significant departure from previous norms, the AICTE, in its recently released approval process handbook for 2024-25 to 2026-27, removed the upper limit on student intake for well-performing existing institutions. This move allows flexibility in student admissions, provided the institutions maintain high educational standards. Previously, colleges were constrained to a maximum of 240 seats in one branch. Well-performing institutions can now secure approval for three consecutive years.
While the AICTE has granted considerable autonomy to institutes, it is committed to ensuring the maintenance of education quality and adequate facilities. To achieve this, it has enlisted senior faculty members from renowned institutions like IITs and NITs for comprehensive inspections. This includes evaluating the qualifications of faculty members, infrastructure assessments, curriculum adherence, and other essential parameters.
A senior AICTE official emphasized the significance of involving faculty members from top-tier institutions, citing their expertise to effectively address issues related to education quality, infrastructure, and faculty shortages.
Rajive Kumar, AICTE member-secretary, highlighted that the selected faculty members are all senior, holding the rank of associate professor or above. These faculty members will be organized into teams to conduct inspections, and their recommendations will play a crucial role in the approval or disapproval of increased student intake.
To ensure the effectiveness of this initiative, the AICTE has conducted training sessions for the enlisted faculty members. The first meeting was held on January 1 in Bengaluru, presided over by AICTE chairperson TG Sitharam. Additional training sessions, both physical and virtual, have been scheduled in various locations, including Lucknow, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Chandigarh, until January 10.
This collaborative effort aims to uphold and elevate the standard of education across all institutes, especially with the removal of seat limitations. It reflects the AICTE’s commitment to continuous improvement and quality assurance in technical education.