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  1. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is mandated by Parliament for proper planning and coordinated development of the technical education system throughout the country. It is responsible of promotion, qualitative improvement and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the technical education system and for matters connected therewith.

  2. The ‘technical education’ as defined under AICTE Act 1987, includes programme of education, research and training, engineering, technology, architecture, town planning, management, pharmacy and applied arts & crafts.

  3. The technical education system in the country, at present, offers technical education programs through conventional face to face mode of education.

  4. The distance mode of education includes delivery of courses through correspondence i.e., reading material management course by electronic or other modes like on line education, or through a Hybrid Model or blended learning model.

  5. The maintenance of standards of technical education imparted through distance mode has two aspects. One is the delivery mechanism the courses/programmes (through distance mode) and the other is quality and relevance of the contents of the course.

  6. AICTE is currently in the process of defining the procedures and regulations for the conduct of Technical Education through Distance learning mode and will be available in the public domain soon.

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