The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi has sent a letter to all the universities across the country, they should not give permission to open new technical colleges without AICTE permission.
AICTE Chairman S S Mantha sent a letter on 12th May 2014, to restore the power of AICTE to approve new technical colleges in the year 2014-15.
"Prior approval of AICTE is compulsory and mandatory to conduct a technical course, including the management/MBA course, by an existing affiliated technical college and also new technical college which will require affiliation by a university for conduct of its technical courses/programmes for the year 2014-15," ruled a four-member apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha, on May 9.
On 25th April 2013, the Supreme Court ordered that AICTE's permission is not needed for approval of new technical colleges.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi is the regulatory body in the country, had since come out with new guidelines for new technical colleges.
The drafted UGC guidelines are pending for HRD minister's approval.
Mantha's letter states, "Technical education, as defined under AICTE Act, 1987, includes programmes of education, research and training in engineering and technology, architecture, town planning, management, pharmacy and applied arts and crafts. The council has been granting approvals to technical institutes and college requiring affiliation from universities and technical boards."