AICTE making induction and internship mandatory for engineering students

AICTE – Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is pitching for making induction as well as internship compulsory for the engineering students. Laying emphasis on the industry-institute interaction, Sahasrabudhe, while addressing a workshop at a private engineering institute in Kolkata recently said the council encouraged more industry-institute interaction and innovation in entrepreneurship, a PTI report said.

Sahasrabudhe also recommended mandatory internships and mandatory induction programmes in industries for engineering students. As part of the effort to support technical education in the country, the council affected major changes and modifications in the AICTE-approval process handbook 2019, he said.

The handbook was for inviting applications for approval from all the existing and new technical institutions for conducting technical programme, including management courses for the academic session 2019-20. Regional Officer and Assistant Director, Eastern Regional Office, AICTE Dr A V Salunkhe were present at the workshop.

The genesis of formal technical education in India can be traced back to the mid-19th century. Major policy initiatives in the pre-independence period included the 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.

AICTE was established in November 1945 as a national-level apex advisory body to conduct a survey on the facilities available for 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 was vested with:

  • Statutory authority for the planning, formulation, and maintenance of norms & standards
  • Quality assurance through accreditation
  • Funding in priority areas, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Maintaining parity of certification and awards
  • The management of technical education in the country

Working Group

The Government of India (the Ministry of Human Resource Development) also constituted a National Working Group to look into the role of AICTE in the context of the proliferation of technical institutions, maintenance of standards, and other related matters. The Working Group recommended that AICTE is vested with the necessary statutory authority for making it more effective, which would consequently require restructuring and strengthening with the necessary infrastructure and operating mechanisms.

The AICTE Act was constituted to provide for the establishment of an All India Council for Technical Education with a view to proper planning and co-ordinated development of a technical education system throughout the country, the promotion of qualitative improvements of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth, and regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system and for the 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.

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