Is Your College AICTE Approved?

Nitin Rao updated on : 26 Feb 2016

AICTE is an all India council that strategizes, coordinates and develops policies to improve the quality of technical education in India.


We often receive lots of queries from students on HTCampus regarding the importance of AICTE approval. While most students are aware of the fact that the AICTE approval is essential to pursue a degree in any technical field in India, only a few students understand the significance of AICTE. To make it one step easier for you, we will provide you with full-fledged information on the role and necessity of AICTE approval.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was set up as an advisory body by the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The body was established in November 1945 with the objective of planning, developing and maintaining the standards and norms of technical education. The significance of the AICTE can be estimated by the fact that it is the only council in India that sanctions an engineering college across the country. In a nutshell, before an engineering college is established, taking permission from the State Government or the State Technical University satisfying the parameters of the AICTE for making its existence into the technical education sector in India is mandatory. AICTE evaluates whether the conditions and amenities required to start an engineering college are met in that particular institution and then puts the stamp of AICTE on the existence of the college.

Later in 1987, the council was approved as a statutory body through an ‘Act of Parliament (52)’. Since then, AICTE is renowned as the most valuable and respected committee in the field of education in India.

Over the years, AICTE has played a vital role to maintain the standard of education ever since its inception. Even though, the council had no statutory powers, it contributed a lot towards the progress of the education sector.

According to the section 10 & 11 of AICTE Act (52 of 1987), the council is accountable to ensure the quality and functions of technical and management education and upholds the values and principles of the council. To serve this purpose, the council takes the following steps:

  • The council conducts surveys in various fields of technical education and based on the accumulated statistics, the body prepares a report in which it states the steps to be taken for the development of technical education.
  • The council also synchronizes the growth of technical education across the country at all levels.
  • AICTE distributes and spends the funds of the council in an appropriate manner with the aim of developing technical institutions and universities which impart technical education in co-ordination with the commission.
  • To develop the educational processes, AICTE endorses the inventions in existing and new technologies. The council implements use of new equipments to achieve its goal of imparting best educational standards.
  • AICTE introduces and promotes various schemes and scholarships to encourage women, handicapped and students from backward sections of the society to pursue technical education.
  • AICTE is also liable to take all the essential steps to prevent the exploitation of technical education.

Statistics of AICTE Approved Colleges for the Academic Session 2015-16:

Prior to the Indian independence, the growth of technical education in India was too slow. In 1947, there were only 44 engineering colleges and 43 polytechnic colleges with a total intake of 3200 and 3400 respectively.

Since the establishment of the AICTE, the progress and awareness of technical education in India has increased rapidly. According to the fresh data mentioned on the official website of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the council has total 10329 AICTE approved institutions across the country as of the academic year 2015-2016.

These over ten thousands institutes impart education in the field of Applied Arts and Crafts, Architecture and Town Planning, Engineering and Technology, Hotel Management and Catering, Management, MCA and Pharmacy.

The AICTE approved colleges offer courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Out of these 10329 AICTE approved institutes, around 389 are women colleges with total intake of 1,02,310 students.

Seeing this immense development in technical education, the AICTE has initiated regional committees to watch out the prominence and condition of their corresponding regions.

Regional Committees:

At present, there are 8 regional committees with 15 to 20 members in each. These committees guide and instruct the council to take appropriate steps towards the progression and improvement of technical education within their respective regions.

Let’s check out the region wise states and union territories:



States/Union Territories


Central Region

Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat


Western Region

Goa, Maharashtra Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli


South-Western Region

Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep


Eastern Region

Manipur, Assam Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya Mizoram, West Bengal Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand


North-Western Region

Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Chandigarh


Northern Region

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal


Southern Region

Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry


South Central Region

Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Along with the inspection of hundreds of new establishments every year, the AICTE also carries out a quality control of the existing colleges and institutions. And to accomplish this task cautiously, the council set up regional offices which coordinate with the headquarters of the State Technical Education Departments. These Regional Offices act as the secretariats of the regional committees.

Locations of Regional Offices:





















Besides AICTE, there are 18 other Statutory Councils in India. Let’s take a look at all the Statutory Councils in India:

Sr. No.



All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)


Medical Council of India (MCI)


National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)


Dental Council of India (DCI)


Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)


Indian Nursing Council (INC)


Bar Council of India (BCI)


Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH)


Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM)


Council of Architecture (COA)


Distance Education Council (DEC)


Rehabilitation Council Of India (RCI)


National Council for Rural Institutes (NCRI)


The Veterinary Council Of India (VCI)


National Councils of Education research and Training (NCERT)


Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)


Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWA)


Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)


Institution of Engineers (IE)

List of AICTE approved Colleges in India

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