The Times of India ||
KOCHI: After failing to get enough students from Kerala, private self-financing engineering colleges are now eyeing foreign students, especially from Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. “We are submitting a proposal to the government that there should be no entrance exam for 50% seats – that includes 30% management, 15% NRK and 5% NRI seats – and we should be allowed to admit students from not only other states but also other countries,” said K Sasikumar, president of Kerala Self Financing Engineering College Management Association (KSFECMA) which has representatives from 120 private colleges. Rules state that any institute that has AICTE approval to admit foreign nationals can admit them through the ministry of overseas Indian affairs. As of now, only five private engineering institutes in the state have permission to admit foreign students and this year Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology has admitted seven students from Africa.
Many educationists remain sceptical. “With the present poor infrastructure and facilities in the colleges, it would be difficult for them to attract foreign students. The number of engineering colleges are now more than the demand and closing some of the institutes that fare poorly is the only option,” said B Iqbal. Sasikumar said KSFECMA will seek AICTE approval to admit foreign students. To attract students from other states, they will ask the government to ensure that the Controller of Entrance Examinations sets up an exam centre in each state capital and the entrance exam should be conducted online so that students don’t have to come to Kerala, besides doing away with normalization. “We will submit a detailed proposal to the government on Tuesday,” Sasikumar said. – Courtesy
KTU wants to simplify entrance exam procedures : The Times of India :
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University – formerly the Kerala Technological University – has asked the commissioner of entrance examination to do away with the complicated manual procedures that are followed for the conduct of entrance examination. Sources said the university has asked the commissioner to introduce an online mechanism for interested candidates to submit their applications for entrance exams. “Also, the practice of printing prospectus in book format should be limited to serve legal and administrative purposes. The application should be a four-page document, which is simple and easy to understand,” it said. The commissioner of entrance examination had sought the university’s suggestions regarding the new prospectus for engineering admission. It is learnt that the university had asked the commissioner of entrance examinations to introduce fresh provisions in the prospectus to empower colleges to admit students from other states as well.
Meanwhile, stepping up its demand for a comprehensive overhaul of the conduct of entrance exams, Kerala Self-financing Engineering College Managements’ Association (KSFECMA) has demanded that the new prospectus for 2016-17 should be prepared in consultation with them. “We want the government to understand the new realities in the field of engineering education. Now the number of seats has overshot the demand. Unless some realistic changes are made, the charm of engineering education will be lost. We want the government to hold consultation with us before finalizing the new prospectus,” said KSFECMA president K Sasikumar. The association also demands an online mechanism to eliminate unnecessarily complex procedures. The practice of asking students to submit all supporting documents such as nativity, caste, and income certificate along with the application form should be discontinued. “Let them ask the students to pay Rs 1,000 online and allow them to participate in the exam. There is no logic in asking all the applicants to submit a whole set of certificates at once with the application form,” the association president, adding that a memorandum in this regard would be submitted to the education minister on Wednesday. The association said that it would push for its earlier demand that the entrance test should be held only for candidates seeking admission in the merit quota seats. It also would ask the government to discard the normalization process, which according to them was erroneous as it gave undue advantage to state-syllabus students. – Courtesy