New Delhi: The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), plans to fix ceilings on the fees chargeable by technical education institutions in the country. The ceilings would at best serve as a guidepost for such institutions and not be binding on them, according to the Chairman of AICTE, Dr R. Natarajan.
Technical education includes education on engineering, management, pharmacy and architecture.
"We will analyse the decisions arising from the recommendations of the committees appointed at the level of the State Governments before issuing our guidelines on the fees," Dr Natarajan told press persons on the sidelines of a national seminar on `Institutional Governance,' organised by FORE School of Management along with AICTE.
Dr Natarajan also said plans are afoot to advance the benchmark year for obtaining mandatory accreditation from AICTE. Currently, technical education institutions established prior to 1984 have to necessarily obtain accreditation from AICTE. "We are planning to advance this to say 1994, so that all technical education institutions established prior to this year get necessarily accredited with AICTE," he said.