Move to permanent campus within two years: AICTE to new engineering colleges

IIT Guwahati campus

New Delhi: After the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced that the states governments have to allot a piece of land to IITs and IIITs in their respective states, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) on July 18 made it compulsory for new engineering colleges, which are operating out of temporary campus, to shift to their respective permanent premises within a time of two years.

“The new technical institutions operating in temporary premises will have to move to their respective permanent campus within two years from the date of the Letter of Approval (LoA). An expert visit committee will be sent to such institutions by the AICTE to assess the status of the state government for operationalisation of these institutions in the permanent campus,” a senior official from the AICTE said.

Introducing the new norm, the AICTE said if the institutions fail to comply by the deadline, they will have to reduce the approved intake by 50 per cent with a two-year extension to shift to permanent campus.

“If the institutions are not shifting to their permanent location even after two years, and not fulfilling the norms, their approved intake will go down to 50 per cent. If any institution found to have not shifted even after four years, the AICTE will take appropriate action,” the official added.

According to the new norm set by the AICTE, all institutions, which have approvals from the Council of Architecture and the Pharmacy Council of India, will submit a fresh application as new technical institutions for all their current courses to the AICTE.

In addition to this, the AICTE has also decided that the state government and the affiliating university or board will have to forward their views on the application received by them to the regional office concerned, within one week from the last date of submission of application.

Last month, the MHRD had announced that it will adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards states that fail to allot a piece of land to centrally funded institutes such as IITs and the IIITs. The MHRD said it will these institutes to other cities if the campuses are not provided with a piece of land within the time frame.

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