Why in news?

  • Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic the country is currently observing a lock down till 3rd May 2020, AICTE has issued instructions to colleges/institutions and has directed them that ensuring safety precautions during the threat posted by COVID-19 would be fundamental responsibility of all citizens of India, during this hour of crisis.
  • Likewise, Heads of Institutions have the onerous responsibility of safeguarding the health and associated interest of all stakeholders of their respective colleges/ institutions.

AICTE

  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body (AICTE Act) and a national-level council for technical education, under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • It was initially only an advisory body under Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, under Government of India. However, it was in 1987 that it was given a statutory status under an Act of the Parliament.

Objectives of AICTE

  1. To plan, formulate and maintain the norms and standards by acting as a statutory authority.
  2. To provide quality assurance through accreditation.
  3. To monitor, evaluate and provide funding for the priority areas.
  4.  Maintaining parity of certification & awards.
  5. To manage and develop the technical education system of India.

Schemes undertaken by AICTE

Margadarshan:

  • Institutions having good accreditation records or the top-performing institutions are selected to mentor relatively newer 10 to 12 potential institutions.
  • Best teaching and learning practices followed in the mentor institute will be simulated in the identified mentee institutions.
  • The mentee institutions will also be provided with funding up to Rs. 50 lakhs (per institution) over a period of three years (in instalments), for carrying out various activities like training, workshops, conferences, etc.

Margdarshak:

  • The mentor teachers or the Margdarshaks, who are either serving or are superannuated, with good knowledge of accreditation and are willing and motivated to devote adequate time to the mentee Institutions are identified.
  • These Margdarshaks will regularly visit the identified mentee institutions, stay on their campus and guide them for the improvement in their quality so that institutions are able to get accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation.

Waste Management Accelerators for Aspire Women Entrepreneurs (Wawe) Summit 2019

  • The Wawe Summit will be the largest gathering of young women students, that will promote entrepreneurship in waste management and provide alternatives to single-use plastic carry bags.
  • The theme of the summit is: “Make your own bag – empowering women to take up income generation activity and entrepreneurship in waste management, through making a business out of this record-creating concept.”
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