All India Council for Technical Education

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All India Council for Technical Education
AICTE logo.jpg
Abbreviation AICTE
Formation November 1945
Headquarters New Delhi
Main organ
Affiliations Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Remarks Dr. S S Mantha, Chairman

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education, under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.[2] Established in November 1945 first as an advisory body and later on in 1987 given statutory status by an Act of Parliament, AICTE is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India. The AICTE accredits postgraduate and graduate programs under specific categories at Indian institutions as per its charter.[3]

It is assisted by 10 Statutory Boards of Studies, namely, UG Studies in Eng. & Tech., PG and Research in Eng. and Tech., Management Studies, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Pharmaceutical Education, Architecture, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Information Technology, Town and Country Planning. The AICTE has its headquarters in 7th Floor, Chanderlok Building, Janpath, New Delhi, which has the offices of the chairman, vice-chairman and the member secretary, plus it has regional offices at Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Bhopal, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Gurgaon.[4]

In its 25 April 2013 judgement the Honorable Supreme Court said "as per provisions of the AICTE Act and University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, the council has no authority which empowers it to issue or enforce any sanctions on colleges affiliated with the universities as its role is to provide guidance and recommendations."[5]


The AICTE Act of 1987[edit]

AICTE is vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through school accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education in the country as part of the AICTE Act No. 52 of 1987.

The AICTE Act, stated verbatim reads:

To provide for establishment of an All India council for Technical Education with a view to the proper planning and co-ordinated development of the technical education system throughout the country, the promotion of qualitative improvement of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth and the regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system and for matters connected therewith.


Be a world class organisation leading technological and socioeconomic development of the Country by enhancing the global competitiveness of technical manpower, by ensuring high quality technical education to all sections of the society.

  • Transparent governance and accountability in approach towards society.
  • Planned and coordinated development of Technical Education in the Country by ensuring world-class standards of Institutions through accreditation.
  • Facilitating world-class Technical Education through:

1. Development of high quality Institutions, academic excellence and innovative research and development programs; 2. Networking of Institutions for optimum resource utilisation; 3. Dissemination of knowledge; 4. Technology forecasting and global manpower planning; 5. Promotion of industry-Institution interaction for developing new products,services, and patents; 6. Inculcating entrepreneurship; 7. Encouraging indigenous technology; 8. Focusing on non-formal education; 9. Providing affordable education to all. 10. Making Indian Technical Education globally acceptable. 11. A vision of a forward-looking organisation that has an efficient, flexible and empowered manpower, sensitive to stakeholder’s expectations.

AICTE bureaus[edit]

The AICTE comprises ten bureaus, namely:

  • e-Governance (e-Gov) Bureau
  • Faculty Development (FD) Bureau
  • Undergraduate Education (UG) Bureau
  • Postgraduate Education and Research (PGER) Bureau
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Bureau
  • Planning and Co-ordination (PC) Bureau
  • Research and Institutional Development (RID) Bureau
  • Administration (Admin) Bureau
  • Finance (Fin) Bureau
  • Academic (Acad) Bureau

For each bureau, adviser is the bureau head who is assisted by technical officers and other supporting staff. The multidiscipline technical officer and staff of the Council are on deputation or on contract from government departments, University Grants Commission, academic institutions, etc.

Increase in approved institutions[edit]

Growth of Technical Institutions in the Country[6]

Year Engineering Management MCA Pharmacy Architecture HMCT Total
2006–07 1511 1132 1003 665 116 64 4491
2007–08 1668 1149 1017 854 116 81 4885
2008–09 2388 1523 1095 1021 116 87 6230
2009–10 2972 1940 1169 1081 106 93 7361
2010–11 3222 2262 1198 1114 108 100 8004
2011–12 3393 2385 1228 1137 116 102 8361
2012–13 3495 2450 1241 1145 126 105 8562

Growth of Seats in different Programs in Technical Institutions[6]

Year Engineering Management MCA Pharmacy Architecture HMCT Total
2005–06 499697 32708 4379 4435 541219
2006–07 550986 94704 56805 39517 4543 4242 750797
2007–08 653290 121867 70513 52334 4543 5275 907822
2008–09 841018 149555 73995 64211 4543 5794 1139116
2009–10 1071896 179561 78293 68537 4133 6387 1408807
2010–11 1314594 277811 87216 98746 4991 7393 1790751
2011–12 1485894 352571 92216 102746 5491 7693 2046611
2012–13 1761976 385008 100700 121652 5996 8401 2236743


In 2009, the Union Minister of Education formally communicated his intentions of closing down AICTE and related body, the University Grants Commission (UGC).[7] This later led to reforms in the way the AICTE approves institutes, and to establishing the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) as an independent body.[8] As of 2013 the AICTE still operates.

Unresolved Issues in AICTE Gazette Dated 8 November 2012[edit]

Following issues are not cleared by AICTE in its Gazette for promotion under CAS:

  1. On page 43 the API is desired from 2012 whereas on page 59 the API score is desired from 2009.
  2. On page 43 CAS under sixth pay has to be implemented from 6 March 2010 whereas on page 59 it has to be implemented from 31 Dec 2010.
  3. API score calculation not mentioned for the period of study leave such as Ph.D. degree under QIP nor for the period of leave for International fellowship such as fulbright.
  4. Three increments has to be awarded for completion of Ph.D. degree to all cadres (assistant prof, associate prof and professor) or to assistant professor only.
  5. Irrespective mentioning on page 40 and article 2.13-2.16, if two promotions get due owing to administrative delay, can both the promotions be implemented together. Should the victim get the arrears for the delay period?
  6. On page 55, thirty maximum API under the short term course is for an academic year or for an assessment period.
  7. Action taken on a person who got conditional promotion to submit Ph.D. in 7 years and not completed even after 10 years.
  8. Demotivating research: Mentioned on page 53, it difficult to score API for publication in good impact factor journal whereas easy to score by publishing in conferences and through expert lectures.
  9. Demotivating organisers: Five points are awarded to the organiser of a short term course of two weeks whereas 20 points are awarded to the participants for attending the same, refer pages 55 and 74.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Regional Offices AICTE website.
  2. ^ Technical Education Overview Department of Higher Education
  3. ^ AICTE Act[dead link]
  4. ^ National Level Councils Tech Ed., Department of Higher Education.
  5. ^ "AICTE to appeal Supreme Court order stating its role as 'advisory'". The Times of India (PTI). 30 April 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b [1]
  7. ^ "UGC, AICTE to be scrapped: Sibal". Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "AICTE to revamp its approval system next week". Business Standard. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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