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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
State fine with ministry's decision on polytechnics

AICTE to decide on extension of recognition of courses
  • �Assembly committee has not set deadline for its recommendations on unitary universities'
  • 'The State government has been encouraging autonomy for higher education institutions'
Tiruchi: The Department of Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, is comfortable with the recent communication from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would process applications under all categories for polytechnics.

For nearly a decade, the State Directorate of Technical Education was vested with the responsibility.
Online system
The MHRD communication stated that the AICTE would also decide on extension of recognition of polytechnics and the courses offered owing to its creation of an online system to process approvals of technical institutions.

AICTE to process applications
The Department of Higher Education has no problems with the AICTE processing applications for polytechnics, the Principal Secretary of Higher Education K.Ganesan said, responding to queries from presspersons on Monday.

To a query on unitary universities, he said the Select Committee (of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly) has not set any deadline for coming out with its recommendations.

No communication yet
Answering another question he said that the State Government was yet to receive any communication from the University Grants Commission on conferment of �Degree Conferring College' status for institutions of long standing. The government has been encouraging autonomy for higher education institutions irrespective of whether they were self-financing, aided or government colleges, said Mr.Ganesan.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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