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Recently I was asked questions like “Should I undertake a course from AMIE?” “What is the status of AICTE approval of AMIE?” “Is AMIE approved by AICTE?” and so on. Basically all these questions are being asked by my students who have completed their diploma courses in engineering. Many of them want to do degree courses (BE/Btech) through distant learning so that they can get the graduate degree while continuing their jobs. The main reason for doing this courses is they wanted to apply for Government jobs based on the degree they will get from distant education.
The main question here is “what is the status of AMIE in 2015? Should you take admission in 2015?” I’ll say No! you should not take admission in AMIE in 2015.
The answer is you should wait.
In fact you should stay away from any distant learning organization giving the graduate degree in engineering. In the following lines I’ll tell you why.
The story begins here!
AMIE the engineering degree is offered by the Institution of Engineers (India) through distance education mode. IEI (Institution of Engineers-India) was governed by MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development).
In 2006 MHRD published a Notification in Gazette of India approving 15 courses offered by IEI as equivalent to regular degree courses from recognized universities.
An order dated 06/12/2012 by MHRD says, “All those students who are enrolled with the institutions with permanent recognition up to 31.05.2013 would be eligible for consideration in accordance with MHRD office memorandum/ order in force pertaining to their course for equivalence in Central Government jobs. However, these concerned orders will cease to have effect from 01.06.2013 onwards. After 31.05.2013, based on the review by the regulator i.e. AICTE, a decision on continuation of the certification of equivalence of degree/diploma shall be taken by statutory regulator. And the statutory regulators should review the fresh proposals/ extension as per their statute and regulations.”
This means that if you have done AMIE before 2013 you don’t have to worry. 01.06.2013 onwards IEI will have to take approval from AICTE as stated in the above order.
If you look at the list of “List of AICTE approved institutions (A.Y. 2015-16) as on 30th April 2015” you will find that IEI is not listed here. So, we conclude that IEI is not approved by AICTE. Now, MHRD has already withdrawn its approval to IEI and AICTE has not approved it in 2015-16. What is the future of IEI in such situation? You can understand that there is no future for such courses.
Recently I was going through an advertisement for (GETs) Graduate Engineer Trainees and you should have a look at what I found.
Courses offered by IEI are not valid for direct recruitment as Graduate Engineers. I’ll say that if you plan to join any Government organization (like HPCL) you should take admission in full-time course instead of distant education course. Or in my opinion you should rather wait till AICTE approves/disapprove IEI.
According to my conversation with a very senior professor engaged in teaching for over three decades, courses offered by IEI are still considered valid if you are going to take admission in any Post Graduate course. It might also be valid if you are already employed in an organization and anticipating a promotion after getting a degree from distant education.
The current state of AICTE approval of IEI (and hence AMIE) is not clear and it is advisable to wait till AICTE takes any decision in this regard.
Like every Government agency in India, AICTE is also not clear about its stand on the issue. AICTE defines a course as Hybrid Model if education is provided off campus and students are called in occasionally (like for exam), and it approves Hybrid Model. I don’t know what to make out of this. May be AICTE will approve IEI (AMIE) in future. Nothing is clear! Have a look a the screenshot of their website.
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