Technical University offer courses in engineering, pharmacy, hotel management,etc. According to new regulations formulated by the UGC, these institutes will have to get an approval from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the programmes offered by them have to be assessed by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
The process of approval of new institutes, earlier done by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), has been merged with that of the affiliation process, which will be done by universities. They will not only process new applications, but also the clear extension of the existing ones.
“The state can now control the mushrooming of colleges and the surplus seats in these institutes which go vacant every year,” said an official.
Abhay Wagh, deputy secretary, technical education, Maharashtra, said that the UGC can take all decisions on technical institutes and the state would have to follow its mandate. The directorate of technical education has called the directors of board of college and university development (BCUD) from all universities in the state to discuss the matter on April 3.
Senior officials, however, are sceptical about the level of transparency once the new policy comes into implementation.
“The AICTE’s approval process was online and therefore was transparent; it will be difficult to monitor applications with individual universities having their own independent processes,” said an official.
- New colleges can be set up with prior affiliation from the universities. Permissions for closure of colleges, change of location, etc, will have to be taken from universities.
- Technical colleges will have to go in for dual accreditation.
- New colleges or extension of affiliation can be done on the basis of state government’s policy.
- NAAC/NBA accreditation compulsory for permanent affiliation.