AICTE launches ‘Approval Process Handbook’ for 2024-27

Approval Process Handbook

AICTE has launched the ‘Approval Process Handbook’ for the years 2024-27 at the PIB Conference Hall in New Delhi. Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE); Dr. Abhay Jere, Vice Chairman, AICTE were present for the official launch. Shamima Siddiqui, Additional Director General, Press Information Bureau, presented the introductory remarks.

Prof. Sitharam stated that the AICTE has developed an Approval Process Handbook that will be in effect for the ensuing three years. The handbook goes into detail about the procedures that educational institutions must adhere to when requesting council approval to offer technical and management courses and programs. Prof. Sitharam also discussed the new sections and changes made to the Approval Process Handbook this year, emphasizing the importance of education quality, process simplification, and implementation transparency.

Additionally, he mentioned that AICTE had made the new APH draft available to the public for the first time in order to get input and suggestions from a range of experts and stakeholders. Various stakeholders submitted more than 600 comments and suggestions, which were assessed by a committee of experts. A large number of the suggestions were included in the final draft.

The latest amendments introduced in the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Approval Process Handbook (APH) signify a significant stride in the realm of education. These changes encompass various aspects of academic institutions, aiming to foster quality and innovation. Notably, institutions exhibiting exceptional performance now have the provision to extend their approval for up to three years, while the intake limits for courses in such institutions have been made more flexible, subject to meeting specific quality benchmarks. Streamlining processes, there are reduced compliances regarding land documents and affiliations.

Furthermore, the inclusion of undergraduate programs in Computer Applications and Management under AICTE’s purview ensures coordinated development. Additionally, working professionals can now upgrade their skills through flexible academic offerings. Institutions seeking facilities enhancement have a hibernation provision, while the APH offers more clarity on the approval process for Open and Distance Learning (ODL)/Online Learning (OL). The emphasis on innovation is evident through the INDOVATION program and the establishment of Innovation Councils on campuses, all contributing to the advancement of education in India.

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