How to get AICTE approval for technical courses in technical institutions

Are you a new or existing technical institution seeking AICTE approval for conducting technical courses? This article provides complete information on the online procedure to apply for all technical institutions for conducting technical programs/courses for the academic session 2020-21.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued a notification for the approval process for all existing and new technical institutions for conducting technical programs/courses for the academic session 2020-21.

AICTE notification approval for technical institutes
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Institutions and courses for AICTE approval

Approval can be sought for the following technical courses/programs-
  1. Engineering and Technology

  2. Pharmacy

  3. Architecture

  4. Planning

  5. Applied Arts and Crafts

  6. Design

  7. Hotel Management and Catering Technology

  8. MCA

  9. Management at Diploma/ Post Diploma Certificate level

  10. Under Graduate Degree/Post Graduate Diploma/ Post Graduate Degree levels

In the case of existing institutions offering the above programs, the institution should be affiliated to a University/ Board or can be a standalone institution. In the case of these institutions, the application for approval can be an extension of Approval based on Self-Disclosure, to introduce or continue the seats for Non-Resident Indians, for a change of Site/ Location, and for the conversion of Diploma Level into Degree Level and vice-versa.

In the case of new institutions, it will be permitted only in cases as specified in the Approval Process Handbook.

The following type of institutions will have to submit an application as a new Technical Institution-
(i) An institution which has been approved by the Pharmacy Council of India in the previous academic year;
(ii) An existing institution which is offering courses in Applied Arts and Crafts/ Design/Vocational (Technical) course;
(iii) A non-technical institution which is conducting MCA/MBA, without the approval of AICTE and wishes to seek approval for the first time from AICTE.

Application procedure for AICTE approval

You must first read the AICTE approval process handbook ( and the regulations of AICTE for technical education before submitting the online applications. The handbook also includes the application fee, the Technical Education Regulatory (TER) Charges, the Security Deposit, etc.

Applications for approval have to be made online at the AICTE official website with a user ID and password. Once you have successfully submitted the application, you have to take a printout of the complete online application. This printout, along with the proof of payment, and requisite documents duly attested by the Chairman/ Secretary of the Trust/ Society/ Company, has to be submitted on the date of Scrutiny at the Regional Office. An Expert Visit Committee will visit the premises of the Institution to verify various aspects, such as infrastructure, faculty appointments, original documents, etc. The Regional Committee will forward the recommendations to the AICTE Headquarters for scrutiny by the concerned Officer of the Approval Bureau. The Executive Committee, after considering the recommendations of the Regional Committee and views of the Approval Bureau, will then make a decision either to grant of approval or otherwise.

Important dates

Submission of online application begins: 6th February 2020.
Submission of online application ends: 29th February 2020.
Last date for submission of online applications with a penalty for extension of approval based on self-disclosure for existing institutions only: 5th March 2020.

Schedule of workshops

AICTE will be organizing Stakeholders' workshops appraising the changes in the approval process handbook 2020-21, for which interested stakeholders can register online. The dates of the workshops are-
10th February 2020, 10 a.m. at Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Andheri, Mumbai.
12th February 2020, 10 a.m. at AICTE Auditorium, New Delhi.
13th February 2020, 10 a.m. at JNTU Auditorium, Anantapur.

AICTE contact information

Address: Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.
Ph: 011-26131578/26131580/29581000.

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