In what can be called a sign of relief, degrees and diplomas in engineering and technology awarded by Institution of Engineers (India) and other professional bodies to students till May 31, 2013 will stand valid ‘for all purposes’ ranging from employment in government sector to higher education, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said in a statement.

“All those students who were enrolled with these institutions with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013, stand recognised,” a statement from the AICTE said.

“After reviewing the issue, a decision was taken to recognise equivalence for all purposes, including higher education and employment, to the technical courses conducted by the professional bodies and institutions which were duly recognised by the MHRD with permanent recognition up to May 31, 2013,” the statement added.

The AICTE has restored their recognition approximately five years after the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had cancelled their recognition and uniformity of the programmes offered by the bodies following complaints of irregularities.

The decision to restore their recognition was announced during a recent emergency meeting conducted by the AICTE and with this decision, it has enabled these students to pursue their career in the technical field.

The AICTE has been implementing strict regulations in order to enhance the employability of engineering graduates and quality of technical education in the country.

The move will benefit thousands of students whose future was at stake ever since the MHRD de-recognised the technical programmes conducted by the Institution of Engineers (India), Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Mechanical Engineers (India), Institution of Surveyors, College of Military Engineering, Aeronautical Society of India and others in December 2012, media reports said.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had restrained educational institutions from providing courses in subjects like engineering in the distance education mode, saying that technical education cannot be provided through correspondence courses. Click on the link to know more about the apex court’s ruling on correspondence courses.

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