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AICTE’s Margadarshan and Margadarshak scheme

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AICTE’s Margadarshan and Margadarshak scheme


What to study?

For Prelims and mains: Key features and significance of the schemes.



  1. Under this scheme, institutions having good accreditation record / highly performing institutions are supposed to mentor relatively newer 10 – 12 potential institutions.
  2. Best practices in teaching learning process followed in mentor institute are diffused to mentee institutions.
  3. These institutions are also provided funding uptoRs. 50 lakhs (Rupees Fifty Lakhs Only) per institution over a period of three years in instalments for carrying out various activities like trainings, workshops, conferences and travel.



  • Under this scheme, mentor teachers or Margdarshaks who are either serving or superannuated but willing and motivated with good knowledge of accreditation and who can devote adequate time to make required visits to these Institutions are identified.
  • These Margdarshaks will regularly visit to the mentee institutions, stay on their campus and guide them for their improvement in quality so that institutions are able to get accreditation by NBA.


Selection of Mentee Institutes: 

In the 1st phase, institutes having student enrolment of 70% or more and willing to get mentoring through AICTE’s Margadarshaks, but are not yet accredited are provided Margadarshaks. Remaining institutes can be covered in the subsequent phases. Willingness of mentee institutes is taken. However, response giving willingness to be a Mentee institute has been received from 400 institutes only to date.


Criteria for Margadarshaks are:

  1. Must be a Ph.D.
  2. Should be from Technical Education (Engg.) Domain
  3. Min experience 20 years; Not less than 5 years in academicsAnd
  4. Designation not less than Professor if from AICTE approved institution Or
  5. Not less than Associate Professor if from IIT/NIT And
  6. Minimum 10 Research Publications Or 
  7. Minimum 05 Ph.D. Guidance Or
  8. Minimum 2 Patents Or 
  9. Minimum 2 Books written And
  10. Member NBA visit team / NAAC visit team Or
  11. Participated in accreditation of his/her own department at least for 2 cycles
  12. Persons from industry with passion for education & who are NBA/NAAC team members
  13. Applicants should have time to visit institutes


Sources: pib.