Establishing of a Technical Institution

In India, Grant for approval of Setting up new Technical Institution offering Technical Program at Degree / Post Graduate Degree / Post Graduate Diploma / Diploma / Post Diploma Level is governed by All India Council for Technical Education [AICTE].

As per AICTE Guidelines, a new Technical Institute can be established by providing infrastructure and other requirements. New Technical Institute offering technical education shall not be established and / or started without prior approval of the Council.


Under the Eligibility Criteria AICTE allows only following Entities to establish a Technical Institute:

  1. A Society registered under the Registration of Societies Act 1860 through the Chairman/President or Secretary of society, or
  2. A Trust registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882 as amended from time to time or any other relevant Acts through the Chairman/President or Secretary of the Trust or
  3. A Company established under Section 8 of Companies Act 2013 (formerly known as Section 25 of Companies Act 1956) or
  4. Central or State Government / UT Administration or by a Society or a Trust registered by them.


AICTE has laid down several criteria to be fulfilled by an eligible Entity for seeking approval of setting up a New Technical Institute, few of them are as:

  1. Norms for Land requirement and Building Space for Technical Institution.
  2. Built up area requirement.
  • Certificate from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Land use certificate etc.
  1. Access and Circulation Area (ACA).
  2. Central Library with Reading Room.
  3. Computer Centre, and other requirements.

following chart gives the exact idea of Land Area Requirement in Acres.


AICTE has laid down different fund Position requirement for seeking approval of new Technical Institute. AICTE has also prescribed a processing fee on new applications as under:



The applicants fulfilling the above conditions shall be eligible to apply for establishing a New Technical Institute. Such applications are evaluated by Regional Committee, the Regional Committee will consider these reports along with views of concerned State Government / UT and affiliating University / Board, if any, and recommend the application for further processing. Applicants, whose applications are recommended for further processing after the decision of the Executive Committee, shall be informed for submission of Money Deposit along with an affidavit.

AICTE has also prescribed different Security Deposits applicable for Institutions under different Programs as under:


Evaluation of the application by Scrutiny Committee:- The Scrutiny Committee / Re-scrutiny Committee shall verify the authenticity of the documents submitted by the applicant as mentioned in the Appendix 16 (Page No.120). All pages of the application along with annexures submitted by the applicant shall be countersigned by all the members of the Scrutiny/ Re-scrutiny Committee.

Based on the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee, the deficiencies, if any, shall be communicated to the applicant Society / Trust / a company established under Section 25 of Companies Act 1956, through web portal.

All applicants recommended for Expert Visit Committee by the Scrutiny Committee, or Re-scrutiny Committee shall be communicated the date of Expert Visit Committee through Web Portal.


The recommendations of the Regional Committee for further processing of issuance of LOA or otherwise shall be placed before the Executive Committee of AICTE. Executive Committee after considering the recommendations of the Regional Committee, shall take a decision at its meeting on grant of approval or otherwise. Further based on the decision of the Executive Committee, Letter of Approval or Letter of Rejection shall be issued by the Member Secretary or an officer authorized by him.

Validity of the letter of approval, if issued, shall be for two academic years from date of issue of letter of approval for obtaining affiliation with respective University and fulfilling State Government requirements for admissions in the current session. If the Institution fails to admit the students in the current academic session due to non affiliation by the University or non fulfillment of State Government requirements, the Institution shall apply on line on AICTE web portal for extension of approval in the next academic session


Above information has been compiled from the the e-Book of AICTE : Approval Process Hand Book 2016-2017

Details Information on the above can be obtained from the Approval Process Hand Book of AICTE.