Online Journals dispute: Court stay on order of AICTE mandatory e journals

It gives us immense pleasure to share with you that Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) has got interim relief from the Honorable Delhi High Court on the matter related to 'Mandatory Subscription of Online journals', prescribed by the AICTE for all Technical Institutions.


However, the AICTE has not made it compulsory that individual institutions should subscribe to e-Journals from a particular vendor prescribed by AICTE or at a price prescribed by AICTE. The only requirement is that the institution has to be a subscriber for unlimited downloads for unlimited number of users amongst the options available from a specific programme.


EPSI says that now all technical institutions are not under any compulsion for buying online journals for extension of approval, or to increase in intake.


Institutions are at liberty to choose vendors who offer them the most competitive price.

AICTE has decided not to decline renewal of approvals for academic year 2012- 2013, for noncompliance of the requirement but, it is expected that all institutions must fulfill the requirement in due course. It is suggested that now all technical institution are not under any compulsion for buying online journals for extension of approval.

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