December 12, 2020.
TED NewsDesk, New Delhi: On Thursday, the Supreme Court stated that although the universities do not have a right to make significant changes in the guidelines provided by the AICTE, they can, however, set down the guidelines for higher levels and grant affiliations.
According to the Supreme Court, in this age of advancing competitiveness and rising standards of global education, universities cannot afford to practise a less than perfect conduct. In such a scenario, the universities cannot bring about significant changes that do not adhere to the AICTE norms.
The board of judges consisting of Chief Justices SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian countered an order by the Kerala High Court. Instead, they sustained a resolution by the state-owned APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, which enhances the guidelines for affiliation of courses provided by colleges.
As per the bench of Justices, under the current situation, the decision taken by the Kerala High Court cannot be upheld and is, hence, unsustainable. Meanwhile, the bench again stated that the universities have full power to make their own decisions regarding ‘enhanced norms and standards.”
This decision gives the universities certain freedom to function as per their ease and helps improve their standards according to their own judgement.
Source: The Indian Express