The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has allowed foreign institutions to set up their campuses in the country. The foreign institutions can impart technical education but will not be allowed to offer their own degrees to the students.
According to the new ‘approval norms’, foreign institutions can set up campuses or collaborate with technical colleges approved by the AICTE anywhere in the country. For this purpose, foreign institutions can also collaborate with any company established under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956.
It is to be noted that the development took place at a time when HRD Ministry’s Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation and Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010 is still impending.
The revised AICTE policy mandates has also relieved foreign tech institutes to register as a society or a trust or a Section 25. Societies, trusts and companies registered under Section 25 of the Company’s Act are not-for-profit institutions.
“After being registered as a society or trust or a company under the Act, a foreign institution will have to submit a detailed proposal for approval from the AICTE to run their courses under the new norms,” a top AICTE source said.
Accreditation by an authorised agency in a parent country with acceptable grades where grading is available, will be the condition for a foreign institution interested in starting operations. After getting the approval from AICTE, foreign institutions will be bound by the AICTE’s advice on admissions, entry qualifications and the conduct of courses or programmes .
The proposal from a foreign university seeking equivalence of technical courses at various levels for mutual recognition of qualifications for the purpose of imparting such courses in India under collaborative arrangements or otherwise will be considered by the council through its standing committee.
[Source: Deccan Chronicle]
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