From the next academic session, universities will take charge of the technical institutes affiliated to them.
After the Apex Court stated that colleges affiliated to any university do not come under the purview of the 'technical institutions' as defined by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Act, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has prepared a draft of guidelines for approval of new courses, setting up of new technical institutions and closure of the old ones and all other regulatory steps.
The draft guideline under the UGC (approval of colleges offering technical education by universities) regulation, 2013 define every aspect of running a technical institution. The guidelines issued on 3rd December focuses on deciding the intake capacity of the colleges, setting up of new institution, adding integrated programmes, dual programmes etc. According to the new draft, a technical institute will now need permission from the affiliating university and not the AICTE.
The UGC further stated "no college will be allowed to offer any programme without the approval of the university they are affiliated to. Also, universities are expected to maintain a list of unapproved colleges with them and also informed the UGC and general public from time to time as it was done by AICTE. Violation of any regulation laid down by the UGC will attract penal civil action including withdrawal of approval. Colleges will not be allowed to start before complementation of two years from the date of withdrawal."
Moreover, the university cannot allow fresh admissions to college for one year among other penalties if they find any college taking admission over the sanctioned intake capacity. The same penalty would also be applicable if the colleges do not have a qualified principal/director. Colleges which do not manage to maintain the faculty-teacher ratio also will be liable for action by the affiliating university, UGC officials added.