What is the Role of AICTE in Technical and Management Education?

All India Council for Technical Education

AICTE is the short form of All India Council for Technical Education. It is an all India level
technical education council. It came into being in the year 1987 by the act of the parliament of
India. AICTE has specific norms and standards to run technical institutions in India. It regularly
checks all the technical institutions that accept their authority.
AICTE falls under two departments. They are the Department of Higher Education (DHE) and
the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). AICTE headquarters is in New Delhi,
and it is headed by a chairperson. Technical education in India is segmented as courses of
certificate, diploma, graduation, post-graduate diploma and degree, research and doctoral studies
and more. AICTE stands as the accrediting authority for institutions and colleges providing these
courses. AICTE supervises plans and coordinates institutions that provide these courses. The
technical institutions have to follow the guidelines and directions of AICTE so that the fast track
courses they offer for students become valid in India and abroad.
Over the years, AICTE has ventured into various other departments of learning such as
Pharmaceutics, Management studies, Architecture, Hotel Management and Catering Technology,
Information Technology, Town and Country Planning, Technical Teachers Training and
Research etc. India is a hugely populated country, and AICTE stands as a statutory body to
transfer knowledge, skills and values from one generation to the next.

Structure of AICTE

AICTE offers a relentless service to the people of India by holding our technical education
flawless and equal to that of some of the developed countries in the world. In 1994, AICTE
established NBA (National Board of Accreditation), and it continuously strives to maintain the
standard of some of the technical education programs offered in Indian institutes to be at par with
the USA and European standards. NBA has developed a quality maintenance system for
technical institutes in India. Again, AICTE is divided into sub-departments or bureaus, and they
are as follows.
1. Bureau of Administration
2. Bureau of administration
3. Bureau of Engineering and Tech
4. Bureau of Finance
5. Bureau of Management and Technology
6. Bureau of Planning and Coordination
7. Bureau of Quality Assurance
8. Bureau of Research and Institutional Development

Though headquartered in New Delhi, AICTE has its regional operations from all the major towns
in India. We can find the sub-offices in Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanpur, Mumbai,
Hyderabad, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bhopal and Bangalore.
Powers and Functions of AICTE
AICTE is the final word regarding Technical and Management studies in India. Following are
the major powers and functions of AICTE-
o AICTE enjoys the power to approve various courses in technical institutes in India.
Technical institutions should seek the approval of it before starting a new course.
o All the technical institutions in India are set up by the approval of AICTE. They must
adhere to the supervision of AICTE to make their certificate, diploma, graduation, post-
graduate diploma and degrees etc. to be valid.
o If a technical institute wants to change its location or move to a new building, it has to
receive prior approval from AICTE.
o AICTE has the power to allow the closure of a technical institute if it has applied for the
o If institutions want to change their status of being Co-Education institute to women’s
institute, AICTE has the power to assign the same.
o If technical institutions apply for new courses or increase the intake, AICTE has the
power to grant the same.
Importance of AICTE Accreditation
A technical and Management Institute must acquire AICTE accreditation to make all its courses
valid in India and abroad. Students also must be aware of it. They must check the AICTE official
websites before they enrol their names for full-time fast track degree studies from all the
universities in India. The website of AICTE has displayed all the names of technical and
management institutions that it has approved. If you do not study from an AICTE approved
institution, your diploma/degree will be a waste. You will not be able to pursue your higher
studies or take up jobs in any sector. AICTE accreditation is necessary for Government
Engineering Colleges too. If an institute is AICTE accredited, you can be sure that all its courses
are valid. Hence, students must conduct small research before they enrol their names for single
sitting degrees in these institutions.
The Process of AICTE Accreditation for Institutions and Universities
Technical and management institutions that are planning to offer Engineering studies,
Pharmaceutics, Management studies, Architecture, Hotel Management and Catering Technology,
Information Technology, Town and Country Planning, Technical Teachers Training and
Research etc. must apply for AICTE approval. Institutions and colleges that plan to run these
courses must arrange for prescribed infrastructure in the required quality, laboratories, qualified

faculties and other facilities as per the guidelines of AICTE. A team from the All India Council
for Technical Education will inspect the college and facilities and if found satisfactory, the
institution will become one of its approved institutes.
The Advantages of AICTE Accreditation for Technical Institutes and Students
There are no particular advantages for institutes and students by AICTE Accreditation. At the
same time, institutions must have AICTE accreditations to make their courses valid. As far as
students are concerned, the technical and management courses they study must be from the
accredited institutions. If they pursue studies from a non accredited institute, they will not be
able to go for higher studies or take up any jobs. Hence, students are advised to check the
accreditation of the institution they plan to take admissions.
The All India Council for Technical Education is the final authority of technical and
management studies in India. It provides approval for all the institutions that meet its guidelines
and requirements of accreditation. No technical institution can run valid technical courses in
Indian without AICTE accreditation. Students also must be aware of it. They must make sure
that the institution they are going to study has required accreditations. Hence, they can avoid any
perils as they march ahead in their academic excellence.

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