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AICTE says city has highest number of illegal technical institutes Delhi has become the capital of the fake management degree business.
The Capital has bagged the dubious distinction of playing host to the largest number of illegal educational institutes in the country. According to data provided by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), as many as 75 institutes in Delhi are enrolling students under technical programmes without its approval. And more than half of them offer degree or diploma programmes in management studies. Maharashtra, too, shares this dubious honour. Shockingly, both states together account for 45 per cent of all the total unapproved institutes in India. But the Capital having the same number of illegal educational institutes as the third largest state in country is definitely a bigger reason for concern. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have the second and third highest number of unapproved institutions, respectively. The AICTE is the only authority empowered to grant recognition to technical courses run by different universities and institutes in the country. There are close to 3,500 management institutes alone approved by the AICTE, of which 3,000 offer MBA programmes and 500 offer diplomas. According to the Council regulations, any academic programme related to the field of architecture and town planning, management studies, engineering and information technology, pharmacy, hotel management and catering require AICTE approval. And in the absence of the Council’s nod, the ‘degrees’ handed out by the defaulting institutes are not worth the paper they are printed on. "The degree or diploma awarded by such institutes does not hold any value in the job market, especially if the student wishes to seek employment in the government sector," said M. K. Hada, head of the approval department of the Council. The last such communication was issued by the ministry on May 2 this year. The ministry had also issued a public appeal to students, advising them to take necessary steps to ensure that their institutes are recognised under the law and offer courses of quality and repute. Despite this, many of the illegal institutions continue to thrive and enroll students as a spot check by this paper revealed. Prospective students are lured with glossy brochures that boast big corporations as recruiters. The K. R. Mangalam Global Institute of Management in Greater Kailash, for instance, The students at these institutes that MAIL TODAY interacted with had no idea whether the programmes they were enrolled in were approved by the AICTE or not. But the Council pleads helplessness as far as youngsters falling into the trap of such institutes are concerned. "We do everything we can as far as giving publicity to the list of unapproved institutes is concerned. Even if the institute does not give them information, students should visit our website as all the information is also uploaded there," said a senior AICTE official, who did not wish to be identified. Mantha, however, said that the Council is currently also trying to come up with alternative ways to counter this problem.Q&A:Why is the AICTE approval important for an institute offering technical courses?Approval by AICTE grants legitimacy to a technical course. Without it, your diploma or degree will not hold any value in the job market.Which technical programs are generally required to get the AICTE approval?Academic programmes related to architecture and town planning, management studies, engineering and information technology, pharmacy, hotel management and catering require AICTE approval.How can one find out if an institute is approved by AICTE?Every year, the Council provides wide publicity to its list of unapproved institutes. This list is also available on their official website: www.aicte-india.orgDoes AICTE initiate any action against illegal institutes?The AICTE also asks the state governments, from time to time, to take action against the erring institutes.
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