For India’s engineering colleges, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a lot like the Eye of Sauron—an all-seeing, all-powerful eye in the sky. It is the statutory body governing India’s technical institutes; nothing happens in the country’s technical education space without the AICTE’s monitoring and approval.

On the face of it, this is great. The AICTE oversees institutions like management schools, as well as engineering and pharmacy colleges. Of course, these need careful monitoring. Until one realises just how pedantic the AICTE can be.

From starting a college to adding a course to moving to a co-education system or simply admitting more students, you need the AICTE’s green light for everything.


Shreedhar Manek

Based in Bangalore, Shreedhar is a Staff Writer for The Ken. He writes on technology, education, human resources and urban mobility. He has a BTech in Computer Science and an MS in Urban Sociology from IIIT Hyderabad.

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