In the guidelines issued recently, UGC has decided to suspend approval and regulation of new technical institutes for a year. It means, no new technical institutes will be set up across the country and there will be no increase in the number of intakes in the existing institutes as well in the academic year 2014-15.
In a notice given to the universities which were asked to grant affiliation to new engineering, pharmacy and hotel management colleges in March by the UGC, to neither invite nor process any application. The affiliation body All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has merged with the affiliation process and now the approval of the new institutes will be done by the universities. A UGC official stated that the commission felt the requirement of proper framework in order to implement the new process.