Engineering colleges to offer skill development programmes

AICTE has amended the AICTE Regulations (2012) to enable technical education institutes to offer vocational courses

With the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) amending its regulations (AICTE Regulations 2012) for vocational programmes, technical education institutes in the country may soon be able to offer government-approved skill development programmes on subjects such as mobile repair to organic farming and embroidery.
With the NDA government’s focus on upskilling the Indian workforce, AICTE had already allowed the polytechnics to offer several such vocational programmes. Now the new amendments allow engineering colleges to follow suit.
Speaking to a national daily, an AICTE official stated, “The amendment has been made to facilitate technical institutes in offering skill development programmes, provided they maintain the quality and standards of the approved programme that they currently conduct and the skill development courses they would be offering henceforth.”

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