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AICTE Norms and Role of Technical Staff in Higher Technical Education

AICTE Norms & Role of Technical Staff :

In Technical Education, practical training and developing expertise in application of the theoretical knowledge has a great importance. Engineering is an art of applied sciences, more precisely, an applied knowledge through practical, where the Technical Staff plays crucial job in the Computer Centers /Laboratories/ Workshops etc.

As industries need engineers with sound practical back ground, Technical Staff plays a key role in capacity building of the engineering graduates. Practical Training and Demonstration is a base of an Engineering Education, where Technical Staff, also plays significant role in teaching process parallel with the teachers. Such staff, apart from assisting in laboratory experimentation and workshop practice, is also the ones who are primarily responsible for the maintenance of laboratory apparatus, measuring instruments and workshop equipment.

The purpose of the Technical Staff in the Engineering institutes is to support the process of transformation of technical skills among the students (Teachers’ role) and also to provide support to the faculty, staff and any other constituents of the institutes. These services include supporting classrooms, laboratories, offices, and any other technical services that are deemed necessary.

Present Status of Technical Staff : In the present education system, in schools, colleges, institutes and universities only classroom teachers and students are at the centre of concentration of all. The curtain raisers, human resource (other than teachers) serving in these institutes are overlooked all the way, as if they are not essential part of the education system. The non-teaching supporting staff includes both technical and administrative staff. Of these, it is the technical supporting staff which has a more direct bearing on the quality of education.

Qualified Technical Staff working as a Lab. Assistants, Lab. Technicians, Technical Assistants, Programmers, Computer operators, Instructors, demonstrators who train the students in a laboratory have negligible importance in the vision of the colleges, universities, DTE, UGC & AICTE and MHRD, and they are treated as Non-Teaching at par with administrative & others supporting staff.

The present practice for providing technical supporting staff is to specify that, the cost of hiring such staff should be a certain percentage of the cost of hiring the teaching staff. Such artificial norms are no longer adequate. Technical supporting staff should be provided on need-based norms.

At present there is short provision for training and development of technical staff under quality improvement programme. With change in the instructional and developmental processes and the utilization of more sophisticated and delicate instruments and equipment, the need to train and develop this category of staff is being felt acutely.

Although laboratory work has a crucial and specific role to play in engineering education, so far not much work has been done for the improvement of laboratory instruction. To meet diverse requirements and challenges in the profession, a Technical Staff will have to be provided facilities for his continuous education and for acquiring new competencies. Advanced technical courses would be useful in this context. There is need for a change in the philosophy. The schemes for the training of technical supporting staff, on the same lines as the QIP schemes for teachers, should be started soon. No attempt at quality improvement would, therefore, be complete without giving due attention to this category of staff.

By considering the significant role of Technical Staff in higher technical education, MHRD/AICTE should lay down the norms and standards with prescribing their Pay Scales, Service Conditions and Staff Pattern uniformly all over the country.


Chandra on August 25, 2019:

I.t.i welder trade are eligible for mechanical lab assistant in autonomous engineering colleges

Ravi kuma on August 13, 2017:

Sir i have completed i.t.i welder trade I am egiblemailing for lab assistant jobs in private engineering college as per aicte norms and what is the minimum pay scale

M jaisree on April 27, 2017:

Sir all efforts have failed technical staff names not included in 7 th pay commission

PATEL HASMUKHBHAI C. on December 30, 2015:

Dear Sir,

I am Diploma Civil Holder. At present, I am working as a Laboratory Assistant in the the civil engineering department of Degree engineering self-finance college with pay scale 5200-20200 and grade pay 1900. I have completed 5 years of my job in the same institute. I am the permanent staff member. Please give me a rules or any suggestion for getting the promotion from Laboratory Assistant to Laboratory Instructor, so, I can prove the rules to my college.

TSC-Kerala on July 27, 2015:

We r planning to make a co-ordinatikon in kerala for technical staff members. Let me know if any state implemented AICTE norms for the technical staff.

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k. Ashok on July 10, 2015:

what is the age limit for technical assistant in tamilnadu government engineering college?

SHEELA on September 24, 2014:

I HAD 12 YEARS OF POLYTECHNIC EXPERIENCE SERVICED WITH B.E PART TIME SECOND CLASS WITH 59.7%. can i have this experince to be considered in engg college with M.E first class.

rakshada kanekar on August 05, 2014:

Sir i m doing my post graduate in instrumentation and control branch and had completed my BE in electronics and telecommunication branch. Am i eligible to do lecturership on gov or non gov colleges nd for which branch??

dharani on July 31, 2014:

sir i am working as a lab assistant since one year and want to know what is the qualification for mechanical lab assistant i completed i.t.i in govt collage

Bhadresh patel on October 10, 2013:

Since 1987, I have been working as a computer Programmer in a Degree Engineering College ( AICTE approved ). There are no rules for vertical upliftmnet for the post.

4th and 5th pay commission has considered the post as the starting scale of Lecturer. In 6th, it is not

a lab staff on September 05, 2013:

my dear AICTE,

please consider lab staffs in our technical colleges on August 27, 2013:

I have seen your post in hubpages under AICTE Norms and Role of Technical Staff in Higher Technical Education, in response to Mr. Garesh Raorare.

Sir I wish to know about the source of your information (that is from where you got this information) since I work as a Lab Assistant, It will be a great help for me. please forward me the link or you have copy of it send to me.

bindukannan on August 08, 2013:

I did my UG in EEE and PG in Energy Engineering. I would like to work as assistant professor, In which dept I can work

Kaushal Aggarwal on May 07, 2013:

Hi I am (2010) & MBA IT (2012) Have 12 Years Teaching /Exam Controller / Academic In-charge Exp in Computer Education Industries. I want to Know that I am illegible for the post of Exam Controller or Admin post or any other ie computer teacher.

kindly helpme mail id

srinivas on May 06, 2013:

I am 4 years working as Lecturer in reputation diploma college but my COLLEGE it seem become AIDED . SO mine qualification BE in ECE with SECOND CLASS and passed out OCT 2006 . AICTE Norms Can i eligible for Lecturer post .. Kindly request you to please reply as soon as possible

WALI MOHD DAR on April 22, 2013:

I am holding Honourse Diploma in Information and Systems Management plus MCA with 7 years Experience as a laboratory Assistant

working in a Technical University . I am drawing salary in the scale of 5200-20200-1900 . Kindly help me for this disparity and injustice on the part of administration.

kiran on April 21, 2013:

please let me know what was the rule of AICTE about % of dearness allowance of a principal in pharmacy college?

DMB on February 27, 2013:

what is AICTE Act 1987.

rohit kumar on February 25, 2013:

can u provide us the direct link of above information

(AICTE Norms & Role of Technical Staff :)

sekhar on February 19, 2013:

i am working as technical assistant in an engineering college since last four years, in univercity last four years (20o9-13). i am still working on adhoc basis. let me know the norms to become a full time (permanent)employee.

ramesh d k on February 16, 2013:

as i am eligible for selection grade comleting my 11 years in 2005 as per AICTE NEW NORMS 01-04-2011 but only carrer advancement scheme program is completed in 02-03-2012 will it effect in giving promotion as selection grade lecturer in polytechnic aided college.please provide me necessary inforation/

ekam on February 13, 2013:

what about workshop instructor??

babu on February 03, 2013:

please send the duties of lab instrutors in engineering college

H. S. Kashyap,Modeler on January 04, 2013:

Please give some ideas about the pay scale of Artist/Modeler as per AICTE

OK on December 26, 2012:


Sisode Asstt.Librarian on September 04, 2012:

librarian Pay Scale as a technical teacher 15500-37500

but Asstt.Librarian pay Scale is 5200-20000

Why Differents?

Asstt.Librarian Qalification is higher But University Asstt.Librarian & Aicte Govt.Poly.College Asstt.Librarian differents WHY?

Prashant on July 24, 2012:

I am graduate BSC shall i eligible for lab assistant post in government engineering college because i have second class in final year.

ganesh dune on June 26, 2012:

I am graduate engineer in mechanical shall i eligible for lab assistant post in government engineering college because i have second class in final year.

Ingawale on March 15, 2012:

I am science graduate working in Engineering College from last 15 years. Presently I am Technical Assistant in E&TC Department. Presently I am having fifth Basic Pay of 4500-7500. Can any body help me about exact basic pay for the above post in govertment educational institute or non govetment education institute and also what is the basic pay band and grade pay in Six pay? and Senior Technical Assistant

Shiji on February 22, 2012:

Yes, it's real..

karankarora on February 07, 2012:

i am working as technical assistant in an engineering college since last four years, which get autonomous status last year (2011-12). i am still working on temporary basis. let me know the norms to become a full time (permanent)employee.

chandrakant on October 22, 2011:

Regarding the Scales of technical posts, there is a vast query from technical staff.

The Scale of the of Lab ssistant/Technical Assistant/Lab Instructor/Computer operator/computer Programmer varies as per the qualifications required for the post.

Designation may be the same.

Some Fifth pay scales are given here:

1) Lab Assistant not possessing SSC (Science) qualification i.e. SSC (without Science) or 7,8,9th Pass. - 3050-4590

2) Lab Assistant : SSC (with Science) - (3200-4900)

3) Lab Assistant : SSC (with Science) and minimum experience of 3 years in the lower post (above Sr.No.2) - (4000-6000)

4) Lab Assistant : SSC + Technical Qualification prescribed by the Competent Authotity i.e. SSC + ITI - (4000-6000)

5) Lab Assistant : SSC ( ITI) + minimum experience of 3 years in the lower post i.e.(above Sr.No.4) - 4500-7000

6) Lab Assistant : A diploma in appropriate discipline with 2 years experience in a similar laboratory OR a National Trade certificate i.e. ITI in the appropriate discipline with five years experience in a similar laboratory - (4500-7000)

7) Lab Assistant : Diploma holders in the appropriate discipline with 5 years experience - (5500-9000)

8) Technical Assistant/Lab Instructor/Computer operator : A graduate in Science with Certificate course in Computer operations or Diploma/Post-Diploma/Post-Graduate diploma in Computer Programming - (5500-9000)

9) Computer Programmer : First class Diploma/Post-Diploma/ Post-Graduate diploma in Computer Programming with 5 years experience. REVISED Master degree in Computer Science OR BE/BTech in Compupter Science & Engineering OR MCA with 2 yrs Exp. OR Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science with 7 years Experience - (8000-13000)

can you have th GR for the above posts

then plz send me .it will be helpful for us.

Ganesh Raorane from Thane on October 10, 2011:

Supporting staff is divided in groups like Workshop staff, Lab assistant, Tech. lab assistant, curator & others. Govt, DTE is playing game like British, divide and rule. no one thinking about we staff. Please guide the authentic way to us

ponnu on September 26, 2011:


send a solutions are my problem

rautsharad (author) on September 11, 2011:

Continuous representations should reach to AICTE from the Technical staff so that certain amount pressure would be developed to frame the precised norms and standards regarding the Technical staff pattern and their respective Pay scales.

JEYAPRAKASAM V on September 05, 2011:

Please give your suggestions to solve the technical employess problems, working in the state government. Thank you.

Jeyaprakasam v on July 08, 2011:

Technical education , Collegiate education and other state government organization doesn't care about technical category. Mostly education department top to bottom level officials destroy the technical setup. And the the technical people treated as their servant. The government also give importance to the fact of latest scientific arrivals. It is very bad condition to our nations development. Definitely technical people fight against this justification by the government and its hierarchy.

sabitha on February 26, 2011:

skilled assistant for 7 years.

qu;i.t.i,DECE,BE,in ece;

i took medical ground leave for 1 year without burnishment.but the management gave burnishment the time of promotion. however one staff and me joint 5days diff. but i!m the senior,and i expeienced 7 years with diplamo from he. eventhough they promot he (reason:im the loss of pay canditate.he got diplamo at last sem, but may i know this is right or wrong. please send ur commends at

dm on December 22, 2010:

pl. inform us for an autonomous engineering college whether assistant librarian is non teaching and basic is rs. 5500/- during starting according to AICTE norms.

hit patel on July 25, 2010:

AICTE which handles and controls all the institutions in the country but forgot to specify pay norm and illigibility qualification for the non teaching staff in those institutions, but has paid highest attention to specify pay norms and illigibility qualification for the teaching staff. some times the non teaching faculty is highly skilled and well qualified compared to teaching faculty. Why does AICTE endorose the institutions with AICTE norms and UGC norms when it doesn't care to specify norms for the non teaching faculty...........????????????

Tech.Assistant In COE on March 29, 2010:

I am Engineering graduate working in Engineering College from last 15 years. Presently I am teaching in laboratory as a Technical Assistant in Computer Department. Presently I am having fifth Basic Pay of 5500-9000. Can any body help me about exact basic pay for the above post in govertment educational institute or non govetment education institute and also what is the basic pay band and grade pay in Six pay?

Please help me

Instructor workshop on March 29, 2010:

Jago Technical Staff Jago.........

Unity is the need of time.

We will get AICTE Prescribed Pay scales at least in Seventh Pay Commission.

Rajendra K. on March 29, 2010:

Really its need of time to take care of teachnical staff teaching in the laboratories of non-government engg. colleges. One can realize that in Indian democracy how the underestimation / overlooking / skipping the responsibilities is still going on. And this is happening in computer networked, RTI era and that also in the existance of centralized appex bodies like MHRD / AICTE / UGC and DTE at state government level. Really a shameful thing to mention that in which direction the higher technical education is going ? Is it for technological developments on all fronts ? or Only for the building up the carrear of class room teachers in higher technical education.

Recent publication of aicte shows sky touching revised pay hike for class room teachers. On other hand, not even defined pay scales and service conditions for technical staff teaching in laboratories, even though science graduate laboratory staff have been given the teachers status by hon'ble SC as per the judgement on Appeal (Civil) 2906-2907 of 2001 Dtd. 20/04/2001 in the same professional stream.

Will MHRD OR AICTE take serious congizance of atleast above Supreme Court landmark judgement.

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