The Times of India |
CHANDIGARH: Batting for autonomy of engineering colleges in India, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe said PEC could be a model of autonomy for the other colleges. “If colleges are given autonomy to set their own syllabus and curriculum, they will have specialized content, which would cater to the needs of society and industry,” he said. Citing an example, he said as far as Punjab is concerned, agriculture based technology is required here, so colleges of the region can devise curriculum accordingly. Sahasrabudhe said a college would have 20% to 25% of its own curriculum and 70% to 80% of the model curriculum. “Whether we say you should use the model curriculum or not, colleges will use it because 70% to 80% of the curriculum will be the same even if you consider colleges around the world,” he said, adding that of the 3,000 engineering colleges in the country, around 100 have come forward to get autonomy.
Sahasrabudhe said autonomy brings a sense of responsibility to an institution. Moreover, a review committee report on the AICTE suggests autonomy for all colleges in the country. Accordingly, instead of the university syllabus, each college can have its own curriculum based on the immediate requirement. AICTE does not grant autonomy to an institution. The institution seeking autonomy has to approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the UGC makes a committee, of which AICTE becomes a part, provided it is an engineering college. For colleges of other streams, AICTE does not become a part of the committee. – Courtesy