Court rules universities can set higher affiliation standards

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday 10 December held that universities cannot dilute the standards prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education for any courses in colleges but they certainly have the power to stipulate enhanced level and norms for grant of affiliations, reports the Press Trust of India.

The top court observed that in current times, no university can afford to have a laid-back attitude, when their own performance is being measured by international standards and, therefore, the power of the universities to prescribe enhanced norms and standards, cannot be doubted.

The bench set aside an order of Kerala High Court and upheld a decision of the state-run APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University fixing enhanced norms for affiliation of courses offered by colleges. “In such circumstances, we are of the considered view that the view taken by the Kerala High Court in the impugned judgment issue number 2, is unsustainable. The bench noted that in today’s times the universities are being ranked according to the quality of standards maintained by them and even the Union Ministry of Education launched an initiative in September 2015, known as National Institutional Ranking Framework, for ranking institutions including universities in India.
Full report on the Hindustan Times site