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All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

Ministry of Education

About All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):

  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a statutory body, and a national-level council for technical education
  • It comes under the Department of Higher Education.
  • Established in November 1945 first as an advisory body and later on in 1987 given statutory status by an Act of Parliament,
  • AICTE is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education and management education system in India.
  • It is assisted by 10 Statutory Boards of Studies, namely,
    • UG Studies in Eng. & Tech.,
    • PG and Research in Eng. and Tech.,
    • Management Studies,
    • Vocational Education,
    • Technical Education,
    •  Pharmaceutical Education,
    • Architecture,
    • Hotel Management and Catering Technology,
    • Information Technology,
    • Town and Country Planning.
  • The AICTE has its new headquarters building in Delhi
  • In its 25 April 2013 judgment the Supreme Court said “as per provisions of the AICTE Act and University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, the council has no authority which empowers it to issue or enforce any sanctions on colleges affiliated with the universities as its role is to provide only guidance and recommendations.” Subsequently AICTE was getting approval from the Supreme court to regulate technical colleges on a year to year basis till January 2016, when AICTE got blanket approval for publishing the Approval Process Handbook and approve technical colleges including management for the session 2016-17 and in all future sessions


All India Statutory Council For Technical Education (AICTE) attained the statutory status in the year 1987 under the AICTE Act. As per the National Policy of Education (1986), AICTE was established with the following objectives:

  1. To plan, formulate and maintain the norms and standards by acting as a statutory authority.
  2. To provide quality assurance through accreditation.
  3. To monitor, evaluate and provide funding for the priority areas.
  4.  Maintaining parity of certification & awards.
  5. To manage and develop the technical education system of India.


To be a world-class organization leading technological and socio-economic development of the  country by enhancing the global competitiveness of technical manpower and by ensuring high-quality technical education to all sections of the society 

Roles & Responsibilities of AICTE 

  • AICTE grants approval for the extension of existing institutes, the launch of new courses and continuation of approval after a break in the preceding academic year. 
  • AICTE grants approval for the setting up of new technical institutes in India that offer technical education courses at Diploma/ Degree/ PG/ Post Diploma/ PG Diploma level. 
  • It is also the responsibility of AICTE to grant approval for the change of site or location of a technical institute. 
  • AICTE initiates the process of closure of technical institutes if the respective institutes apply for the same. 
  • AICTE grants approval to institutes that want to convert into Co-Ed institutes from  Women’s institution and vice-versa. 
  • AICTE grants approval for the increase of intake/addition of new courses in the first/  regular shift in the existing technical institutes

AICTE Schemes and Initiatives

Multiple schemes and programmes have been initiated by the All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) for the development of education in the country. Discussed below are the same in brief:

  1. Student Development Schemes
    • Pragati Scheme to award meritorious girls
    • Saksham Scholarship for Different Abled students
    • Prerna Scheme for SC/ST Students preparing for higher education
    • Smariddhi Scheme for SC/ST students to help them with their startups
  2. Faculty Development Schemes
    • National Initiative for Technical Teachers Training (NITTT)
    • Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme
  3. Institutional Development Schemes
    • AICTE-IDEA (Idea Development, Evaluation & Application) Lab
    • AICTE Scheme for promoting Interest, Creativity and Ethics among Students
    • E- SHODH SINDHU for free access to e-Journals/ e-Resources to AICTE approved Government/ Government-Aided technical institutes
  4. Research & Innovation Development schemes
    • Entrepreneurship Development Cell
    • Collaborative Research Scheme (CRS) to provide research grant to young faculty members
  5. General Schemes
    • Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana for rural development


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