HRD Minister Smriti Irani declares her decision regarding the norms to be followed for BTech programme in various courses. She had given a written reply to Rajya Sabha in which she mentioned that all colleges of Delhi University offering B Tech programmes in computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics and polymer science will have to take approval of the All India Council for Technical Education.
These courses were started as part of the Four Year Undergraduate Course in 2013-14. More than 2000 students were admitted in various B.Tech programmes but after FYUP was scrapped last month and four year undergraduate courses were reverted to three year, these students protested. Finally, UGC agreed that only the existing batch will continue but made it clear colleges will have to seek AICTE clearance.
Also she added that the Supreme court in in Orissa Technical Colleges Association vs AICTE has mandated that prior approval of AICTE is compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course by an existing affiliated technical college for conduct of its technical courses/programmes for the academic year 2014-15.Therefore, the approval for B Tech Programmes became mandatory again from May 9 this year.