Despite widespread criticism of the regulator acting as a constraint in the supply of higher education, it would seem that AICTE can be, on the contrary, quite generous in approving seat increases by institutions—when it wants to (see story on Page4).
There might have been little reason to question the ethics of the process in this case—involving Shri Balwant Institute of Technology—had there been some crucial disclosure norms in place. Further, Rajesh Yadav and Sushil Yadav, the trustees concerned, and AICTE acting chairman Ram Avtar Yadav, who happens to be their close relative, were not available to clarify the doubts that arise because of the lack of transparency. If AICTE has any rules to ensure arm’s-length evaluations of applications, it should make those public, promptly.
Else, this may be seen as yet another example of its abject misgovernance.