AICTE and its functions
- It was set up in November 1945 as a national-level Apex Advisory Body to conduct a survey on the facilities available for technical education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner.
- Promotion of quality in Technical Education system
- Planning & coordinated development of technical education system
- Regulations and maintenance of norms and standards
- As stipulated in the National Policy of Education (1986), AICTE was vested with:
- Statutory authority for planning, formulation, and maintenance of norms & standards
- Quality assurance through accreditation
- Funding in priority areas, monitoring, and evaluation
- Maintaining parity of certification & awards
- The management of technical education in the country
- Till 1987, it was acting as an advisory body under the Department of Education, Ministry of HRD.
- In 1987, it was given a statutory status by an Act of Parliament, enabling it to exercise in a more effective manner.
- AICTE as a body is responsible for accrediting all postgraduate and graduate programs, under specific categories of technology for Indian institutions.
- AICTE is primarily the accrediting authority for institutions, including schools and colleges giving diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate education.
- It is based in New Delhi. AICTE has its various operational regional offices in different cities such as Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kanpur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Kolkata