The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has reinstated the recognition of degrees and diplomas in engineering and technology of thousands of students awarded by professional bodies including the Institution of Engineers (India) till May 31, 2013.
Their engineering degrees and diplomas stand valid “for all purposes” be it for employment in government sector or for higher education. An ‘emergency meeting’ of the council decided this.
Their recognition has been restored approximately five years after the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry cancelled their recognition and uniformity of the programmes offered by the bodies following complaints of irregularities.
“All those students who were enrolled with these institutions with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013, stand recognized,” said a senior AICTE official.
“After reviewing the issue, a decision was taken to recognize equivalence for all purposes, including higher education and employment, to the technical courses conducted by the professional bodies and institutions which were duly recognised by HRD ministry with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013,” the official added.
The move will affect thousands of students who were left in the lurch after the ministry de-recognised the programmes in December 2012.