| the contemptuous little fellow dunnit! can he not stay
| in his farmhouse and feed the ducks? nothing is going to
| come out of this.

AICTE challenges High Court order

New Delhi, Sept 27: The All India Council for Technical Education
(AICTE) today challenged a Single Bench order quashing the eligibility
criteria prescribed by it for the entrance examination to the five-year
degree course in Architecture.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice B A Khan and Justice M B Lokur
issued notices to the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development,
Council of Architecture, CBSE and one Sharmishtha S Das on whose
petition the order was passed.

The Bench asked the respondents to file their replies by October 25,
2005, the next date of hearing.

The Court, however, declined AICTE counsel C S Vaidyanathan's plea to
stay the July 12, 2005 order, which declared AICTE incompetent to
prescribe eligibility criteria for architecture degree course.

"The final authority for fixing the norms and standards for admission to
an architecture course and its content would be the Council of
Architecture and it is the Minimum Standards of Architectural Education,
1983 which shall govern admission to architecture courses," Justice Gita
had said setting aside the April 7, 2004 order of the AICTE.

Drawing a parallel with the Medical Council of India, which regulates
medical education in India as an expert body, Justice Mittal had said it
was the Council of Architecture and not AICTE, which was an expert body
in the field. (Agencies)