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National conference on development of technical education in India Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
About the Conference:
After two-decades on enactment of AICTE Act, the Council feels it appropriate to introspect, discuss, consult and brainstorm issues to enhance access, equity, inclusiveness, affordability and relevance with quality in technical education in the country today. With this background, AICTE conceived the plan and is organizing National Conference on “Development of Technical Education in India” on 17th and 18th December 2007 at the Symposium Hall, National Agriculture Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi.  Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities/ Deemed Universities, Directors of premier technical education institutes (including IITs, NITs, IIMs, IIITs and NITTTRs), eminent persons from academia and industry and Secretaries and Directors of Technical Education are being invited to participate in the deliberations at the Conference. Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Arjun Singh Ji has kindly given his consent to inaugurate the Conference and deliver the inaugural address. Smt. D. Purandareswari Ji, Hon’ble Minister of State for Higher Education will deliver the Valedictory Address. Prof. B. Mungekar, Member, Planning Commission will grace the Inaugral Session as Guest of Honour. During the Valedictory function Presidential Address will be delivered by Shri R. P. Agrawal, IAS, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD, Government of India and Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, UGC will be the Guest of Honour.

Prof. Swadesh Gupta, Advisor is the Convenor and Dr. Surjit Angra, Director is the Co-Convenor of the National Conference.

The conference will comprise of technical sessions to deliberate on seven major themes namely:

·         Access, Equity and Inclusion,
·         Quality Assurance and Washington Accord,
·         Assessment of Manpower and Skills Requirement including the need for expansion and up gradation of polytechnics,
·         Academic Reforms and Curriculum Framework, Credit System & Evaluation,
·         Faculty Development,
·         Industry Institute Interface including public private partnership, and
·         Role of AICTE in the Changing Environment & Global Competitiveness.

This conference is a major step taken towards achieving the long desired goal of raising the quality of our technical education on par with the highest international standards.  As evident from the themes incorporated in this conference, the effort is to collectively reflect and articulate issues of critical importance and address the same to make the Council responsive to the emerging needs and challenges.

The Council:

Technical Education is one of the most crucial components of human resource development having potential for adding value to products and services thereby improving the quality of life of people. Realizing the potential of this vital sector of education, the National Policy of Education (NPE) 1986 and Programme of Action (POA) 1986 emphasized the need of reorganizing and revamping the technical education system to meet effectively the challenges posed by the changing socio-economic scenario. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has been vested with Statutory powers through an Act of Parliament (Act 52 of 1987) with a view to plan for coordinated development of technical education system throughout the Country, to promote qualitative improvement of such education in relation to planned quantitative growth and to regulate and maintain norms and standards in the technical education system and matters connected therewith.

The Council has put in process several initiatives for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, capacity building, accreditation, funding of priority areas, monitoring and evaluation of courses / programmes providing access, equity and quality in the field of Technical Education. In order to achieve the planned growth and to nurture quality in technical education system, the AICTE has spared no effort to inculcate competitiveness to face the globalisation and in generating competence and quality in technically qualified human resources to make it globally acceptable. The efforts so far have been very supportive for the recent phenomenal growth and the socio-economic development of the nation.

The intake capacity of the Indian technical education system has increased manifolds over the years. As on 31st July 2007, the total intake capacity in AICTE approved institutions is to the tune of 6,27,082 students in the 1617 undergraduate degree engineering institutions and 3,33,296 students in the 1403 diploma institutions, 1,04,084 students in the 1150 Management institutions, 56,004 students in the 999 MCA institutions, 5,229 students in the 80 HMCT degree institutions, 44,476 students in the 736 Pharmacy degree institutions, 4,707 students in the 116 Architecture institutions and 650 students in the 9 Fine Arts institutions making a grand total of 8,42,068 intake in 4707 technical institutions. For the academic year 2007-08, the Council has approved about 456 new institutions providing an additional intake capacity of about 96, 551 students.

Reposing their confidence in our efforts and processes for their potential and capability, the signatories of the Washington Accord approved provisional membership to AICTE-NBA. This lays greater responsibility to benchmark best practices so that technical education would fuel the engine for further growth and also to build national competitiveness with competence. Furthermore, we need to benchmark best practices and also build national competitiveness. This, however, requires a re-look and a thorough revamping of the entire technical education system in the country with full involvement and empowerment of our esteemed stakeholders.
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