More than 13,000 technical institutions in the
country which were so far under All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE)
control now will have 15 days more time to give their views and feedback about
the recent move of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
It has given some relief to these colleges which
were under duress because they were caught unaware by the sudden announcement
made by the UGC on December 5, 2013 that henceforth state universities will control
engineering colleges, management institutes and other technical institutions.
EPSI has managed to persuade Ministry of Human
Resource Development (MHRD) to extend the deadline for collecting the feedback
on the “draft UGC guidelines” for regulating the technical education.
EPSI delegation met Union Minister of Human Resource
Development Dr M M Pallam Raju and shared its concerns about the hasty manner
in which UGC was trying to push through this important regulation, giving
stakeholders just five days to give their feedback.
Raju is believed to have accepted EPSI’s plea and
has extended the deadline for consultation to December 31.
According to sources, HRD Minister was sympathetic
to the concerns raised by EPSI, and advised it officials to extend the deadline
for consultation to December 31.
EPSI will be holding regional and national level
meetings in the next three weeks at Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and
Bhubaneswar to discuss and debate the issues, and then submit a report to the
MHRD by early January 2014.