Sunday, April 6, 2014

For a year, no new technical institutes

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to suspend for a year guidelines issued just a few days ago for approval and regulation of new technical institutes. 

In effect, no new technical institutes will come up across the country and there will be no increase in the intake numbers in existing institutes in the academic year 2014-15. 

A notice on Thursday asked 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 process of approval of new institutes, earlier done by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), was merged with that of the affiliation process, and will be done by universities now. 

A UGC official said the commission felt there was a need to have a proper framework in place to implement the new process.

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