All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has advanced the deadline for applying for new colleges/courses for 2012-13 academic sessions.
The move is aimed at advancing the admission process that gets extended to September or even October most of the times, thus delaying commencing of classes and conduct of examinations. Delay in admissions had led to severe problems especially in the universities that have semester system.
The apex education body for engineering education has now made it mandatory for the parties intending to start new colleges or introducing new courses to apply before December 31. AICTE chairman SS Mantha during his visit to Mumbai made it clear that this deadline would not be extended for any reason.
So far, the deadline was February 28 and this was extended most of the times to March 31 and even to April 30. This delayed approval of colleges affecting the entire admission process conducted by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) in Maharashtra and respective technical education boards in other states. This year, the first list of approved colleges by AICTE was released on June 11, second on June 28 and third one on July 15 leading to chaos.