The regulatory body recently amended the AICTE Regulations (2012)
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has amended the AICTE Regulations 2012 making it possible for engineering colleges across the country to offer courses such as skill development programmes, and vocational courses. The institutes may now offer the above mentioned programmes provided that they have the requisite approvals.
Speaking to the media, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe stated, "We are have opened the gates to ensuring that institutions are able to optimally utilize make optimum utilization of their infrastructure which, otherwise, remains unused on account of large number of seats that remain vacant after the admission process every year."
"The move to amend the regulations was spurred by a request from the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship as it was pointed out that teaching and allied infrastructure at several institutions are wasted on account of a large number of vacant seats that remain vacant. Often, institutions hit by such vacancies are left with little option but to opt for closure of course/department. The suggestion we received was to let such institutions make up for the unutilized infrastructure by allowing them to offer courses which fall within the ambit of other regulatory bodies," he added.
The AICTE chairman pointed out that several of the programmes are regulated by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skills Development Agency (NSDA), an autonoumous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and running the programmes would require approval from these regulatory bodies.
Speaking on the amendments, Ravi Bhardwaj, an expert on legal affairs and education stated, "The amended regulations will not only help institutes fully utilize their on-campus facilities but will give them an opportunity to offer multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses to students, thus improving the teaching/learning environment."