- 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.
- 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.
- The technical education system in the country, at present, offers technical education programs through conventional face to face mode of education.
- Currently AICTE also allows Technical Education through a Hybrid Model or blended learning model.
- The maintenance of standards of technical education imparted through Blended learning mode has two aspects. One is the delivery mechanism the courses/programmes (through Blended learning mode) and the other is quality and relevance of the contents of the course.
- AICTE has now defined the procedures and regulations for the conduct of Technical Education through Blended learning mode.