Madras HC stays operation of AICTE Regulations

Chennai, Feb 24 (PTI) The Madras High Court today stayedfor eight weeks All India Council for Technical Education''sRegulations-2011 for granting approval to engineering collegesand polytechnics.

Justice P Jyothimani, before whom a writ petition filed byTamil Nadu Unaided Polytechnic Management Association came upfor hearing, admitted the matter and ordered notices to AICTEand Central and state authorities.

On December 10 last year, AICTE released ''Approval ProcessHandbook 2011-12'' containing new norms and procedures forgrant of approval to technical institutions for bothengineering colleges and polytechnics.

It also directed all technical institutions to submitapplications online and the cut off date was fixed as 28thFebruary for grant of approvals for 14 different purposes.

Challenging the regulations, the Association said the newnorms were stringent and were clamped suddenly without givingany opportunity for the institutions to express their views.

The Association submitted that the time given forfulfilling entire new norms and conditions stipulated in thenew regulations for extension of approval as well as forstarting the new courses, new institutions was hardly 60 daysand was totally impracticable to fulfill them.

They submitted that the qualifications prescribed for theteaching staff were too high and it would create a lot ofproblem in the implementation within a very short time. PTICORR RC

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