A new Act,which will give powers to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE),will soon come into effect,said Union Minister for Human Resources Development Pallam Raju,who was in the city to attend the 10th convocation ceremony of Symbiosis International University on Sunday.
We are working to restore the powers of AICTE. We had earlier thought of bringing an ordinance to this effect but then decided to bring about a new Act which will define the powers of AICTE. Until the new act is formulated,UGC and AICTE will function in a coordinated manner so that students do not suffer, said Raju.
A Supreme Court judgment by the bench of Judge B S Chauhan and Judge V Gopala Gowda had reduced the AICTE to an advisory body instead of the regulatory body as it used to be for all technical courses. The judgment had said that private entities no longer need to take permission from AICTE to open MBA and MCA colleges as these are not technical courses. Although AICTE had sent a review petition,it was rejected by the apex court.
Talking about Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA),Raju said that a meeting of higher education ministers of all the states was held in Bangalore last week where discussions were held to decide on the implementation of RUSA in state universities. If RUSA is implemented,it will not mean that funding to UGC will reduce. RUSAs funding will be additional to what we give to UGC, added Raju.
On the occasion,historian Ramachandra Guha and social reformist Shobhana Ranade were conferred with the Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) award.
Raju said in an attempt to make higher education accessible to everybody,its quality should not be compromised.
He said 51 new higher educational institutes were added in the 11th Five Year Plan and in the 12th plan focus is to work on quality and capacity building. He expressed his concerns over the non-contribution of Indian university in the global ranking and advised students to become entrepreneurs to create new jobs. As many as 4,577 students were awarded under graduate,post graduate,diploma and PhD degrees at the convocation.