Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) (formerly UPTU) was established in May 2000 by the Government of Uttar Pradesh with a mission to acclimate and cultivate the excellence in technical education and research by integrating human values and ethics among students. The University is affiliating in nature and its jurisdiction spans the entire state of Uttar Pradesh in affiliating 756 colleges/institutions imparting graduate, postgraduate and doctoral level training in all government and private institutions located in all over UP.
As enshrined in the University Act, the University aims to provide and upgrade education, training and research in fields of technical education, and to create entrepreneurship and a conducive environment fo rpursuit of the technical education in close co-operation with industries. Further, as a very distinguishing feature of its vision, the University aims to make provisions for the advancement of technical education amongst classes and communities which are educationally backward. To fulfill the above broad vision, the University develops flexible and innovative academic programmes and procedures that cater to a very broad range of students with different background, and prepares them to compete at the national and international levels.
UPTAC Counselling and Admission for degree level engineering institutions and other professional colleges has been assigned to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow.