The Times of India | TNN | February 14, 2016 |
HYDERABAD: The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU-H) has begun the affiliation process for academic year 2016-17. Post the affiliation row that rocked the university last year, the authorities have, this time around, relaxed several academic and infrastructural norms to avoid delay in commencement of the academic year. Prior to the 2015-16 session, the university attracted severe criticism from private college managements for lack of transparency in the affiliation process. This has delayed the commencement of the session by close to a month. To avoid any such incidents, the university , as per the All India Council Technical Education’s (AICTE) approved schedule, has urged all institutes seeking affiliation to submit online applications along with supporting documents by February 29. This year, the university has also sought suggestions from all stakeholders before finalising the final draft of revised guidelines for affiliation.
Owing to an acute land crunch, the AICTE has reduced the land requirement to set up engineering institutes. According to the new approval process, new engineering colleges can be established on a 1.5 acre land parcel in mega and metro cities and 7.5 acre land parcel in rural areas. Earlier, the requirement stood at 2.5 acre and 10 acre respectively. The AICTE has also reduced the teacher pupil ratio this year to 1:15. This has irked several institutes as many claim that they now have a lower number of admissions and higher number of teaching staff. “There has been a drop in the number of admissions that has hit many colleges. Not even 50% of the seats are filled in most colleges. Having more number of teachers and lesser number of students adversely impact the finances of colleges,” said Goutham Rao, president of the Telangana Private Engineering Colleges Association, which recently submitted a representation to the AICTE and JNTU-H to increase the ratio to 1:20.
As far as the faculty registrations are concerned, this year too the university has mandated all institutes to have 80% regular faculty members and 20% adjunct faculty members. Apart from this, the university has increased the studentcomputer ratio from 1:4 to 1:6.”In addition to the computer and lab facilities, the university has also mandated higher internet bandwidth in all the institutes,” said Rao. According to sources, JNTU-H will begin inspections of all colleges from AprilMay onwards. “This year, video recording will be done when the fact-finding committee for affiliation visit colleges to avoid discrepancies,” said N Yadaiah, registrar of JNTU-H.- Courtesy