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Professional Councils in India

Professional councils are responsible for recognition of courses, promotion of professional institutions and providing grants to undergraduate programmes and various awards.

Statutory Professional Councils

  • All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)
  • National Medical Commission 
  • Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR)
  • National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)
  • Dental Council of India (DCI)
  • Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)
  • Indian Nursing Council (INC)
  • Bar Council of India (BCI)
  • Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH)
  • Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM)
  • Council of Architecture (COA)
  • Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)
  • National Council for Rural Institutes (NCRI)
  • State Councils of Higher Education (SCHE)

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has been established under the AICTE Act, 1987. The council is authorized to take all steps that are considered appropriate for ensuring coordinated and integrated development of technical education and for maintenance of standards. The Council may, amongst other things:

  • Coordinate the development of technical education in the country at all levels
  • Evolve suitable performance appraisal system for technical institutions and universities imparting technical education, incorporating norms and mechanisms for enforcing accountability
  • Laydown norms and standards for courses, curricula, physical and instructional facilities, staff pattern, staff qualifications, quality instruction, assessment and examinations
  • Grant approval for starting new technical institutions and for introduction of new course or programmes in consultation with the agencies concerned

Medical Council of India (MCI)

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has been constituted by an act of Parliament known as National Medical Commission Act, 2019 which came into force on 25.9.2020 by gazette notification dated 24.9.2020. The Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India constituted under section 3A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 stands dissolved thereafter.

The Aim of the National Medical Commission are to (i) improve access to quality and affordable medical education, (ii) ensure availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals in all parts of the country; (iii) promote equitable and universal healthcare that encourages community health perspective and makes services of medical professionals accessible to all the citizens; (iv) encourages medical professionals to adopt latest medical research in their work and to contribute to research; (v) objectively assess medical institutions  periodically in a transparent manner; (vi) maintain a medical register for India; (vi) enforce high ethical standards in all aspects of medical services; (vii) have an effective grievance redressal mechanism.

Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR)

The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has established various research centres in order to meet the agricultural research and education needs of the country. It is actively pursuing human resource development in the field of agricultural sciences by setting up numerous agricultural universities spanning the entire country. It provides funding to nearly thirty State Agricultural Universities, one Central University and several Deemed Universities. These universities employ about 26000 scientists for teaching, research and extension education; of these over 6000 scientists are employed in the ICAR supported coordinated projects.

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is a statutory body set up under the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 to facilitate planned and coordinated development of the teacher education system in the country, and for regulation and proper maintenance of norms and standards in the teacher education system. The mandate given to the NCTE is very broad and covers the whole gamut of teacher education programs including research and training of persons to equip them to teach at pre-primary, primary, secondary and senior secondary stages in schools, and non-formal education, part-time education, adult education and distance (correspondence) education courses. The Council, under Section 12 is responsible for the following activities and functions:

  • To coordinate and monitor teacher education and its development in the country
  • Lay down guidelines in respect of minimum qualifications for a person to be employed as a teacher
  • Lay down norms for any specified category of courses or trainings in teacher education
  • Lay down guidelines for compliance by recognised institutions for starting new courses or training
  • Lay down standards in respect of examinations, leading to teacher education qualifications
  • Examine and review periodically the implementation of the norms, guidelines and standards laid down by the Council

The Council is empowered to grant recognition of institutions offering courses or training in teacher education.

Dental Council of India (DCI)

The Dental Council of India (DCI), constituted under the Dentists Act, 1948, is a Statutory Body incorporated under an Act of Parliament to regulate the dental education and the profession of Dentistry throughout India. The Council is responsible for according recognition to dental degree awarded by various universities and also for maintaining uniform standards of dental education in India. The Dental Council of India (DCI) lays down minimum requirements in respect of staff and infrastructure and prescribes the syllabus and the scheme of examinations.

Pharmacy Council of India (PCI)

The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), also known as Central Council, was constituted under section 3 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948. The PCI controls pharmacy education and profession in India up to graduate level. The Council prescribes the minimum standard of education for qualification as pharmacist. The Council prescribes:

  • The nature and period of study of practical training to be undertaken before admission to an examination
  • The equipment and facilities to be provided for students undergoing approved courses of study
  • The subject of examination and the standards therein to be attained
  • Any other conditions of admission to examinations

Indian Nursing Council (INC)

The Indian Nursing Council (INC) is a statutory body constituted under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947. The Council is responsible for regulation and maintenance of a uniform standard of training for Nurses, Midwives, Auxiliary Nurse-Midwives and Health Visitors. Amongst other things, the Council is empowered to make regulations for:

  • Prescribes the standard curricula for the training of nurses, midwives and health visitors; and for training courses for teachers of nurses, midwives and health visitors, and for training in nursing administration
  • Prescribes conditions for admission to above courses
  • Prescribes standard of examination and other requirements to be satisfied for securing recognization

Bar Council of India (BCI)

The Bar Council of India (BCI) is empowered to make rules to discharge its functions under the Advocates Act 1961. An important rule-making power is with reference to laying down guidelines for the standards of professional conduct and etiquette to be observed by advocates. The Bar Council of India Rules may prescribe for a class or category of person entitled to be enrolled as advocate. The Bar Council of India can also specify the conditions subject to which an advocate must have the right to practise and the circumstances under which a person must be deemed to practise as an advocate in a court.

Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH)

The Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH) was established under the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. The Council prescribes and recognizes all homeopathic medicine qualifications. Any university or medical institutions that desires to grant a medical qualification in homeopathy is required to apply to the Council. The Council is responsible for constitution and maintenance of a Central Register of Homoeopathy and for matters connected therewith. All universities and Board of medical institutions in India are required to furnish all information regarding courses of study and examination. The Council is empowered to appoint inspectors at examinations and visitors to examine facilities.

Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM)

The Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) is the statutory body constituted under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970. This Council prescribes minimum standards of education in Indian Systems of Medicine viz. Ayurved, Siddha, Unani Tibb. The Council is responsible to maintain a Central Register on Indian Medicine and prescribes Standards of Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Code of Ethics to be observed by the practitioners. The Council is empowered to appoint medical inspectors to observe the conduct of examinations, and visitors to inspect facilities in colleges, hospitals and other institutions imparting instruction in Indian medicine. The Council is responsible to frame regulations with respect to:

  • The courses and period of study, including practical training to be undertaken, the subject of examinations, and the standards of proficiency therein to be obtained in any university, board or medical institution for grant of recognized medical qualifications
  • The standard of staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities for education in Indian medicine
  • The conduct of professional examinations, etc.

Council of Architecture (COA)

The External website that opens in new window was constituted under the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972, enacted by the Parliament of India. The Act provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications and standards of practice to be complied with by the practicing architects. The Council of Architecture is responsible to regulate the education and practice of profession throughout India besides maintaining the register of architects. Any person desirous of carrying on the profession of "Architect" must register himself with Council of Architecture.

Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI)

The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) was set up as a registered society in 1986. However, it was soon found that a Society could not ensure proper standardization and acceptance of the standards by other Organizations. The Parliament enacted Rehabilitation Council of India Act in 1992. The Rehabilitation Council of India become Statutory Body on 22nd June 1993. The RCI Act was amended by the Parliament in 2000 to work it more broad based. The Act casts onerous responsibility on the Council. It also prescribes that any one delivering services to people with disability, who does not possess qualifications recognised by RCI, could be prosecuted. Thus the Council has the twin responsibility of standardizing and regulating the training of personnel and professional in the field of Rehabilitation and Special Education.

National Council for Rural Institutes

National Council for Rural Institutes (NCRI) is an autonomous society fully funded by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. Registered on 19th October 1995 with its Headquarter at Hyderabad, It was established with a main objective of promoting Rural Higher Education for advancing rural livelihoods with the instrument of education on the lines of Mahatma Gandhiji's revolutionary concept of Nai Talim, a functional education based on the values proposed by Gandhiji. Other objectives of the council include teachers training, extension and research by networking with policy making bodies such as UGC, AICTE and research organizations like CSIR, AICTE etc., in addition to encouraging other educational institutions and voluntary agencies to develop in accordance with Gandhian Philosophy of education.

State Councils of Higher Education

Following the National Policy on Education, respective state governments have established State Councils of Higher Education (SCHE). These councils prepare coordinated programmes of development of higher education in each state. Thus they seek to consolidate the efforts and investments of institutions of higher education with the state.

Source:  University Grants Commission (UGC)

 



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