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The New Indian Express |Ram M Sundaram |12th September 2015 |

CHENNAI: The Union Government could soon set up a national fee regulatory authority to determine the fees to be collected by engineering colleges in the country based on the recommendations of a report submitted by a committee of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). “We have sent the final report of the Justice Srikrishna committee to the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development a few days ago. The report has recommended the setting up of a national fee regulatory authority. I hope the Centre would approve this,” AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudde said here on Friday while attending a meeting of stakeholders.  At the meet, representatives of technical institutions in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana urged Sahasrabudde to introduce uniformity in fees collected by engineering colleges across India.

Tamil Nadu Consortium of Self-financing Engineering Colleges president Jeppiaar submitted that there was huge disparity in fees collected from students admitted under management quota and government quota. “This can be eliminated if a central regulatory body fixed the fee for each and every institution,” he said. Responding to him, the AICTE Chairman said the Centre would have to decide on this. Since the Srikrishna Committee constituted by the AICTE had given a report favouring such a move, he hoped the Centre would accept the same.

Lack of Teachers

Meanwhile, college owners complained that 90% institutions found it difficult to appoint qualified faculty due to shortage. P Narasimha Reddy of the Accredited Colleges Association of Telangana urged Sahasrabudde to reconsider the norm mandating appointment of MTech qualified persons as Assistant Professors in engineering colleges. Reddy claimed that MTech graduates were inferior compared to BTech degree holders as presently only students who did not get a job after graduation enrolled for post-graduate courses. Unless the Early Faculty Induction Program of the Central Government which encouraged identification and training of students from third year who preferred teaching was revived, the quality of education will take a toll, he added. Representatives from the Andhra Pradesh consortium of colleges claimed that going by the AICTE norms, around 5 lakh M.Tech graduates are needed to teach more than 10 lakh students in India. But at present there are only 2.5 lakh registered MTech graduates in India. So they requested to reduce the faculty-student ratio from 1:15 to 1:20 on a par with polytechnic college norms. – Courtesy


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