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Cabinet divided over powers of AICTE

The Union Cabinet was divided on Thursday over a Bill which seeks to restore the powers of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to approve institutes offering technical courses and the matter was referred to a Group of Ministers.

The AICTE Amendment Bill is being brought against the backdrop of a Supreme Court ruling which had stripped the body of its powers to approve institutes offering technical courses. It also ruled AICTE does not qualify to affiliate MBA and MCA programmes.

According to sources, the matter came up for discussion and there were differences on the Bill, following which the issue was referred to a GoM which will be constituted soon. They said several Ministers spoke on the issue.

The HRD Ministry’s proposal seeks to amend Section 2(h) of the Act and insertion of Section 24(A) in the Amendment Bill.
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