Technical education in India contributes a major share to the overall education
system and plays a vital role in the social and economic development of our nation.
In India, technical education is imparted at various levels such as: craftsmanship,
diploma, degree, post-graduate and research in specialized fields, catering to various
aspects of technological development and economic progress.
The beginning of formal Technical Education in India can be dated back to the mid
19th Century. The major policy initiatives in the pre-independence period included
appointment of the Indian Universities Commission in 1902, issue of the Indian Education
policy resolution in 1904 and the Governor General’s policy statement of 1913
stressing the importance of Technical Education, the establishment of IISc in Bangalore,
Institute for Sugar, Textile and Leather Technology in Kanpur, N.C.E. in Bengal
in 1905 and Industrial schools in several provinces. Significant developments include:
Constitution of the Technical Education Committee of the Central Advisory Board
of Education (CABE) of 1943; Preparation of the Sergeant Report of 1944; and Formation
of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in 1945 by the Government
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was set-up in November 1945 as
a national level Apex Advisory Body to conduct survey on the facilities on technical
education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated
manner. And to ensure the same, as stipulated in, the National Policy of Education
(1986), AICTE be vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance
of norms and standards, quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority
areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards
and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical
education in the country.
The Government of India (Ministry of Human Resource Development) also constituted
a National Working Group to look into the role of AICTE in the context of proliferation
of technical institutions, maintenance of standards and other related matters. The
Working Group recommended that AICTE be vested with the necessary statutory authority
for making it more effective, which would consequently require restructuring and
strengthening with necessary infrastructure and operating mechanisms.
Pursuant to the above recommendations of the National Working Group, the AICTE Bill
was introduced in both the Houses of Parliament and passed as the AICTE Act No.
52 of 1987. The Act came into force w.e.f. March 28, 1988. The statutory All India
Council for Technical Education was established on May 12, 1988 with a view to proper
planning and coordinated development of technical education system throughout the
country, the promotion of qualitative improvement of such education in relation
to planned quantitative growth and the regulation and proper maintenance of norms
and standards in the technical education system and for matters connected therewith.
The purview of AICTE (the Council) covers programmes of technical education including
training and research in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Town Planning, Management,
Pharmacy, Applied Arts and Crafts, Hotel Management and Catering Technology etc.
at different levels.
In accordance with the provisions of the AICTE Act (1987), for the first five years
after its inception in 1988, the Minister for Human Resource Development, Government
of India was the Chairman of the Council. The first full time Chairman was appointed
on July 2, 1993 and the Council was re-constituted in March 1994 with a term of
three years. The Executive Committee was re-constituted on July 7, 1994 and All
India Boards of Studies and Advisory Boards were constituted in 1994-95. Regional
Offices of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, located
at Kolkata, Chennai, Kanpur and Mumbai were transferred to AICTE and the staff working
at these offices were also deputed to the Council on foreign service terms w.e.f.
October 1, 1995. These offices functioned as secretariats of Regional Committees
in the four regions (East, South, North and West). Three new Regional Committees
in southwest, central and northwest regions with their secretariats located at Bangalore,
Bhopal and Chandigarh respectively were also established on July 27, 1994. One more
Regional Committee in South-Central region with its Secretariat at Hyderabad was
notified on March 8, 2007.
The AICTE has its Headquarters in New Delhi and is presently housed in a building
having a covered area of 12187 sq. ft. located on 7th Floor, Chanderlok Building,
Janpath, New Delhi. Two bureaus of the Council are housed in its own building having
a covered area of 10630 sq. ft. at IV Floor, East Tower, NBCC Place, Pragati Vihar,
New Delhi. The Government of India has allocated 5 acres land in the campus of Jawaharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi, for constructing the administrative and other buildings
of the Council
The AICTE comprises of eight Bureaus, namely:
1. Administration (Admin) Bureau
2. Academic (Acad) Bureau
3. Approval Bureau (APP)
4. Finance (Fin) Bureau
5. Planning and Co-ordination (PC) Bureau
6. Research Institute & Faculty Development (RIFD) Bureau
7. University Bureau (UB)
For each Bureau, Adviser/Director is the Bureau Head who is assisted by technical
officers and other supporting staff.
In addition to the Bureaus there are 8 cells constituted for performing specific
- Anti-ragging Cell
- CMAT Cell
- Complaint Cell
- E- governance Cell
- GPAT Cell
- Internal Audit Cell
- J&K Cell
- Legal Cell
- News Letter Cell
- NVEQF Cell
- Public Grievance Cell
- RTI Cell
- Vigilance Cell
The multidiscipline technical officers and staff of the Council are on deputation
or on contract from various Government Departments, University Grants Commission,
academic institutions etc.
THE ALL INDIA COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL
EDUCATION ACT 1987 (No 52 OF 1987)
(As Passed by the Houses of Parliament)
An Act to provide for the establishment of an All India Council for Technical Education
with a view to the proper planning and co-ordinated development of the technical
education system throughout the country, the promotion of qualitative improvements
of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth and the regulation
and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system
and for matters connected therewith.
Clause 10(1)- It shall be the duty of the Council
to take all such steps as it may think fit for ensuring coordinated and integrated
development of technical and management education and maintenance of standards and
for the purposes of performing its functions under this Act, the Council may-
Clause 10(o)- Provide guidelines for admission of
students to technical institutions and Universities imparting technical education;
Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) Cell has been constituted to coordinate
all activities related to conduct of first national level test for admission in
to all management programmes in AICTE approved institutions.