Supreme Court grants interim relief on AICTE notification

 | March 18,2011 05:55 pm IST

The Apex Court of India, Supreme Court brought interim relief to about 545 B-schools on the notifications issued by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for one year.


According to AICTE notification issued in December 2010, b-schools which come under its ambit were restricted from regulating fee and course curriculum.

It created lot of hue and cry among b-schools throughout the country.


The interim relief awarded by Supreme Court implies that the B-schools, which come under AICTE will be free to select candidates through any of five national level entrance tests including CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, JET for 2011.


The order also retains the power to take group discussions and personal interviews within the prerogatives of the b-schools.


However, sources reveal that, the Supreme Court has granted relief for a year and the B-Schools have to inform the regulatory body about the procedure and test they are following to select candidates.


Supreme Court had asked B-schools to have two invitees on their board one from AICTE and one from the state instead of five invitees, which was notified by the AICTE earlier.


The other good news which popped in as a pleasant surprise to b-schools was AICTE’s withdrawal of notification on discontinuing part-time MBA programs.


Last month the Bombay High Court and the Orissa High Court gave a stay order on the AICTE December guidelines.