AICTE seeks review of Supreme Court's ruling, Indian Institutes of Management fear misuse

Written by Kirtika Suneja | New Delhi | Updated: May 3 2013, 20:15pm hrs
The recent Supreme Court ruling asking the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to play the role of only an advisory authority has led to a slew of reactions from various quarters. While the council itself is planning to file a review petition,

B-schools have given a mixed response with private management colleges viewing it as greater academic freedom, but Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) saying this might lead to misuse of the system.

The AICTE Act clearly defines our activities and we are bound by that. A regulator cant suddenly become a non-entity as there will be tremendous amount of disturbance. There will be no standards along with heavy proliferation of institutes. Institutes will charge whatever fee they want, said AICTE chairman SS Mantha.

In its April 25 judgment, the SC said that AICTE has no authority to issue any sanction on universities and colleges affiliated to universities arent required to take its approval for running MBA and MCA courses.

The Supreme Court has highlighted that the University Grants Commission (UGC) is empowered to grant degrees and the AICTE Act cant be superimposed on that. However, universities must own up the responsibility for their affiliated colleges, said IIM Lucknow director Devi Singh.

Earlier, the government had eased the norms for starting management programmes by doing away with no objection certificates from state governments.

There should be regulation and transparency. Over-regulation is also liable to misuse when multiple agencies are involved, said a director from another IIM.

The ruling has also led to confusion among institutes offering post graduate diploma in management (PGDM) courses. With the SC declaring MBA and MCA as non-technical programmes and coming under the UGCs purview, the fate of PGDM programmes is undecided as they are management programmes.