New Delhi: The All India Council of
Technical Education, which has revamped its approval system,
on Tuesday allowed 545 new technical educational institutions to
offer professional courses including engineering, management
and MCA, from 2010-11 academic session onwards.
The approval by the AICTE Executive Council will see
the total seats in various streams go up by one lakh and the
number of technical institutes in the country touching 7906,
official sources said.
Out of the 545 approved institutes, nearly 60 per cent
are in management followed by 30 per cent in engineering and
the rest in architecture, pharmacy and hotel management, the
At present 7,361 technical educational institutions
are offering courses to nearly eight lakh students every year.
A total of 2,176 new institutions had applied for
approval from AICTE this year. Nearly 1,600 applications were
rejected after the institutes were found lacking in several
counts, sources said.
"Some of the institutions did not meet the minimum
requirement of land and building while another few applicant
institutions did not pursue their request for approval,"
The institutes can start offering courses from the
session commencing from July.
The AICTE had given approval to 1131 new institutes
Incidentally, the AICTE, which has been in news for
wrong reasons, has revamped its approval system from this
year. It shifted to online registration process and relaxed
land requirements for new institutes.
AICTE has launched a new web portal which acts as a
single window system for processing of the applications of the
institutions for approval.
The aspiring institutes had applied through the web
portal and a committee from AICTE inspected the institutes. On
the basis of report of the committee, the executive council
gave approval to these institutes.