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The New Indian Express |  Express News Service |  24th March 2016 |

BENGALURU:  Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has been rapped for glaring lapses in ensuring quality of education in engineering colleges. Though it is mandatory for affiliated colleges to get accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as well as National Board of Accreditation, many colleges are yet to secure it.  “This indicates that the quality of education being imparted by many engineering colleges affiliated to VTU is not of requisite standards,” the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said in its report tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.  The CAG report came down heavily on VTU pointing out that, “VTU did not ensure minimum standards prescribed by AICTE in respect of colleges affiliated to it as the colleges had deficiencies in teaching faculty, library, laboratory facilities, etc., which indicated poor monitoring by VTU.” “It has failed to receive recognition from UGC even after 17 years of its existence as it had not met the minimum standards. Hence, it did not act as a good role model for the institutions affiliated to it,” the report said. The CAG has also expressed displeasure over VTU’s examination system. The report pointed out that marks were changed in over 90 per cent of answer papers for which revaluation was sought, which indicates poor quality of evaluation. –  Courtesy

VTU not recognised  :   |

Raising concerns over the quality of engineering education across Karnataka, the report by the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) has revealed that Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) – that was set up 17 years ago – is yet to get recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex body in India that oversees the quality in higher education. The CAG report was tabled by CM Siddaramaiah in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. “VTU’s request, dated September 2011, for recognition by UGC was rejected because VTU did not meet minimum standards under teaching as it had shortage of faculty. Thus VTU has not been recognised by the UGC even after 17-years of its existence. Hence, VTU was unable to get developmental grant meant to improve its infrastructure and basic facilities in the VTU along with enhancement of quality in education,” the CAG report said. The CAG further observed that out of 200 engineering colleges affiliated with the VTU, only 14 private colleges were recognised under various provisions of the UGC Act of 1956, which is a matter of concern from the view point of quality education, according to the CAG report. –  Courtesy


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