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Engineering degrees by professional bodies till May 2013 valid: AICTE

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Engineering and technology degrees and diplomas awarded by Institution of Engineers (India) and other professional bodies to students till May 31, 2013 will stand valid “for all purposes” ranging from employment in government sector to higher education.

Around five years ago, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has withdrawn the recognition of these institutions.  The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has restored their recognition in the decision taken at a recent emergency meeting.

“All those students who were enrolled with these institutions with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013, stand recognised,” said a senior AICTE official.

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“After reviewing the issue, a decision was taken to recognise equivalence for all purposes, including higher education and employment, to the technical courses conducted by the professional bodies and institutions which were duly recognised by HRD ministry with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013,” the official added.

The move will affect thousands of students who were left in the lurch after the ministry de-recognised the programmes in December 2012.

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