BENGALURU: Deemed-to-be universities across the nation offering technical and engineering courses should henceforth get sanction from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). All these years, such universities had been reporting to the University Grants Commission (UGC). They also used to take their own decision on matters like increasing seats or starting a new course as there was no regulating authority.
Following the recent direction of the Supreme Court, the UGC has issued fresh guidelines to all deemed-to-be universities to abide by AICTE norms for technical and engineering education.
Speaking to Express, Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of AICTE, said, “It has been noted that some deemed-to-be universities, which are offering technical, engineering, architecture and pharmacy courses, are not following AICTE rules.
Considering this, the Supreme Court has directed the UGC to monitor such institutions. Following this, UGC has issued fresh guidelines mandating AICTE approval from now on.”
Now such universities have to apply with the regulatory body even for increasing seats or starting a new course or the degrees they offer will be suspended.Meanwhile, degrees offered by deemed-to-be universities for technical and engineering courses through distance mode stands suspended.
According to AICTE and UGC norms, such universities are not allowed to offer technical or engineering course through distance mode.
P Balakrishna Shetty, V-C of Sri Siddartha Academy for Higher Education, Tumakuru, said, “Some deemed-to-be universities are following AICTE norms on the introduction of fresh courses. But yes, there are institutions which are doing it on their own and the new guidelines will regulate them.” Shetty said earlier, for enhancement of seats, there was no need to approach the apex body, but now even for this, they have rely on AICTE.
Deemed-to-be universities are different from engineering colleges or private universities in that they have the power to conduct their own examinations, frame their own syllabus and conduct admissions.
Five in state
In Karnataka, there are over five deemed-to-be universities which are offering technical courses. They include Sri Siddartha Academy for Higher Education, Tumakuru; KLE Institute, Belagavi; JSS Institute, Mysuru, and Manipal Institute, Manipal.