How to start Engineering College, Polytechnic, Pharmacy, Management, Architect Institute From AICTE?
AICTE Approval Process for setting up New Technical Institute
Professional Technical education has grown leaps and bounds in India over the last decade. Every year, hundreds of new institutes are set up in different parts of the country, offering professional courses such as Engineering, Management, Pharmacy, Hotel Management etc. Lakhs of students apply for these courses each year and are willing to pay a fortune for quality education.
A significant milestone was laid down in the history of education in India in the year 2012, when Government allowed private and public companies with a turnover of at least Rs 100 crore per year over a 3-year period, to establish their institutes to cater to the increasing demand for these courses. The companies can set up new technical institution in engineering and technology, pharmacy, architecture and town planning and hotel management catering technology. This move of the Government is encouraging more and more companies to venture into the Education sector.
If you are aspiring to set up your own technical institute offering courses stated above, you must seek approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as per the process laid down in its handbook. In this article, we will summarize the approval process and also list down all important documents which are mandatory to be submitted to AICTE.
To begin with, we will briefly explain AICTE and its functions.
What is AICTE?
All India Counil for Technical Education is a national-level advisory body which grants approval for starting new technical institutions, for introduction of new courses and for variation in intake capacity in technical institutions. It was set up in 1945 and given statutory status in 1987 by an Act of Parliament for regulating and developing technical education in the country.
What is the role of AICTE?
AICTE ensures quality development of technical education through accreditation of technical institutions. It has the authority to lay down norms and standards for such institutions. In additional to its regulatory role, the AICTE also has a promotional role which it implements through schemes for promoting technical education for women, handicapped and weaker section of the society promoting innovations, faculty, research and development, giving grants to technical institutions.
Which institutes are included under AICTE?
AICTE covers technical institutions offering post-graduate, under-graduate and diploma in various dimensions of technical education covering engineering/technology, pharmacy, architecture, hotel management and catering technology, management studies computer applications and applied arts and crafts.
What are the guidelines laid down by AICTE for setting up a new technical institute in India?
New Technical Institute offering technical education shall not be established and / or started without prior approval of the Council.
Management Program and or MCA Program as Institutes shall be allowed to be built on an existing Engineering/Technology/Pharmacy/ Architecture/Hotel Management and Catering Technology Institute provided minimum land required is met.
Technical Institute shall be approved when it is on one continuous plot of land except for those in North Eastern states where it can spread into 3 pieces of land not far from each other by more than 1 Km.
Which documents should be submitted to seek approval from AICTE for setting up a new technical institute?
Applicant shall present following supporting documents in original along with one copy, duly attested by a gazetted officer or a first class Judicial Magistrate or Notary or an Oath Commissioner and other necessary information to the Scrutiny Committee/ Expert Committee/ LOA:
Documents to be submitted at the time of scrutiny Committee as per APH 2018-19
Applicant shall present following supporting documents in original along with one copy, duly selfattested and other necessary information to the Scrutiny Committee. As per Affidavit4 supporting documents other than Affidavits shall be made and duly authenticated by the authorized signatory of Applicant or by the Head of the Institution.
Building plan of the Institution should have been prepared by an Architect registered with Council of Architecture and approved by the Competent Authority as designated by concerned State Government / UT.
An affidavit4, in a Format as prescribed on the Web-Portal , on a Non-Judicial Stamp /e-Stamp Paper of Rs. 100/-, duly sworn before a First Class Judicial Magistrate or Notary or an Oath Commissioner.
Resolution by the applicant organization in a Format13 as prescribed on the Web-Portal
In Metro and Mega Cities, Certificate of Occupancy/ Completion (as applicable) from the Competent Authority (as per standard format prescribed by the issuing Authority). For the rest, an Affidavit on a Non-Judicial Stamp Paper/ e-stamp paper of ₹100/-, duly sworn before a First Class Judicial Magistrate or Notary or an Oath Commissioner, that the same shall be produced on completion of the Building.
Fire Safety Certificate issued by the Competent Authority.
Certificate1 issued by an advocate regarding land related documents.
Certificate2 issued by an architect regarding approved building plans.
Certificate3 issued by bank manager regarding financial status of applicant.
A Hard copy of the complete application as uploaded to the AICTE Web-Portal, printed thereon.
A receipt with official seal from the authorized signatory of the State Government/UT as proof of submission of these documents.
A receipt with official seal from the authorized signatory of the affiliating University as proof of submission of these documents exempted for institution apply for PGDM.
Detailed Project Report (DPR) Copy submitted also in pendrive.
Registration document of the Trust / Society / Company / PPP / BOT indicating its members, objectives and Memorandum of Associations and Rules, duly attested / certified by the concerned Competent Authority.
For standalon PGDM Institutions, details of recommended composition of Board of Governors of the Institute constituted as per Appendix 18 of APH 2018-19.
In the case of a Company established under Section 8 of Companies Act, 2013, the MoA and Rules
must contain a provision that the objective of the Company is not profit making and any surplus
earning shall be used exclusively for the purpose of development of Technical Institution.
In case of an application made with a proposal of PPP/ BOT, Applicant shall submit a certified
copy/ duly attested by a Gazette Officer of the agreement/ contract regarding PPP/ BOT. The
Applicant shall also submit a Certificate or endorsement from the concerned District Magistrate
or the SDM, regarding such a proposal pertaining to PPP/ BOT in the said area with the Applicant
Trust/ Society/ Company.
Resolution by the Applicant Organization, pertaining to start a Technical Institution or add new
Programme (in Pharmacy) and allocation of Land/ Building/ funds to proposed activities in the
Format13 prescribed on the Web-Portal.
Documents showing ownership of Land in the name of the Applicant in the form of Registered Sale
Deed/ Irrevocable Gift Deed (Registered)/ Irrevocable Registered Government Lease (for a period
of minimum 30 years with at least 25 years of live lease at the time of submission of application)
by the concerned Competent Authority of Government or any other documents issued by the
concerned Competent Authority establishing the ownership and possession of the Land in the
name of the Applicant. In case, the Land documents are in vernacular language, notarized English
translation of the documents shall be produced.
Land Use Certificate permitting the Land to be used for educational purpose, from the Competent
Authority along with Topo sketch/ Village Map indicating Land Survey Numbers and a copy of
road map showing location of the proposed site of the Institution.
Land Conversion Certificate permitting the Land to be used for educational purpose to establish a
Institution, from the Competent Authority along with Topo sketch/ Village Map indicating Land
Survey Numbers and a copy of road map showing location of the proposed site of the Institution.
Khasra Plan (Master Plan) issued by the Competent Authority, earmarking the entire proposed
Land to show that the Land is contiguous.
Wherever applicable, FSI/ FAR Certificate shall have been obtained from the Competent Authority
as designated by concerned Municipal Corporation or the local authority that approves Building
Plans or the State Government/ UT.
Proof of working capital (funds) as stated in Clause 1.9.2 of Chapter I of Approval Process
Handbook 2018-19, in the form of either Fixed Deposits in the Bank or latest Bank Statement of
Accounts maintained by the Applicant Organization in a Nationalized Bank or Scheduled
Commercial Bank recognized by Reserve Bank of India, along with a Certificate issued by the
Branch Manager of the Bank.
Audited statement of accounts of the Applicant Organization for last three years, as may be
Site Plan, Building Plan of proposed Technical Institution prepared by an Architect registered with
Council of Architecture (CoA)/ Licensed Surveyor and duly approved by the Competent Plan
Sanctioning Authority of the concerned State Government/ UT administration.
Floor Plans, sections and elevations of all proposed/ existing Buildings exclusively intended for use
for the proposed Institution at the permanent site with a table clearly mentioning all rooms, with
carpet area of each in m2, as specified in Instructional, Administrative and Amenities requirements
certified by the Architect registered with the Council of Architecture. Safety and hygiene precautions ensured during partial occupation, if any, certified by the Architect registered with
the Council of Architecture.
Phase-wise Plan of construction to achieve total carpet and Built-up area as required for conduct
of all applied/ existing Course(s) from the first to final year. This shall be certified by Architect
registered with the Council of Architecture.
Proof of the availability of nomenclature of the applied Course(s) in the Affiliating University/
Certificate regarding Minority Status, if applicable at the time of application. Any claim thereafter shall not be entertained.
Undertaking from the Applicant to the effect that no high tension line is passing through the
Campus including hostel. In case high tension line passes through the Campus/ hostel, a
Certificate from the Competent Authority (Electricity Board) that it shall not affect the safety of the
Building/ students/ Faculty/ Staff etc. is required.