New Delhi: All India Council of Technical
Education (AICTE), which has often been in news for wrong
reasons, on Thursday got full marks from HRD Minister Kapil Sibal,
who said the body has undergone transformation and is
functioning as per norms.
"The AICTE has brought transformation from inspector raj
to a regime of self-disclosure. I was getting complaints
against AICTE earlier. But now I can tell with confidence that
there is no complaint against AICTE in the last two months,"
Sibal told reporters after laying the foundation of AICTE
AICTE, the apex body to standardise technical education,
has been facing changes of irregularities. Its chairman Prof R
A Yadav has been suspended on charges of irregularities while
the former Member Secretary is facing a CBI case.
"There was real disorder in AICTE," Sibal said.
The council has changed its system of granting approval to
engineering and MBA colleges. It has changed the accreditation
"Wherever I am going, people are appreciating the works of
AICTE. They are saying AICTE is functioning well. That means
change has come to AICTE and it has impacted the system and
work is being done as per norms," Sibal said.
The government has decide to set up National Commission
for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) as an overarching
body in higher education which would replace the AICTE, UGC
Asked whether the new building would be taken over by the
proposed NCHER, Sibal replied in negative.
"It does not mean that all buildings will go to NCHER.
That will be a policy making body. This organisation will
continue to perform its own function. AICTE`s function will
remain but its name may be changed," he said.
The new building, to be constructed in two years by DRDO,
will have an auditorium with a sitting capacity of 1,000.
Sibal also praised UGC Chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat and
said the UGC would deliver well under his leadership.