The Hindu | July 28, 2017 | Thiruvananthapuram |
Thiruvananthapuram: The All India Council for Technical Education is considering changing the teacher-student ratio in engineering colleges to 1:20, its chairman Anil D. Sahsrabudhe has said. He was speaking at an interactive session on ‘Technical education in Kerala – challenges and solutions’ organised by the Kerala Self-Finance Engineering College Managements’ Association and Vijnana Bharati here on Thursday. Mr. Sahasrabudhe said the increase in colleges and enrolment had led to a fall in quality. One of the suggestions to address the issue was to change the teacher-student ratio from 1:15 to 1:20. Last year, the AICTE had allowed colleges to have 80% regular faculty and the rest adjunct faculty so that experienced people from industry and academics would come in to supplement efforts of the regular faculty. Now, it was considering making the ratio 1:20 plus adjunct faculty. He said the AICTE would allow sharing of the same workspace as long as the number of classrooms for different programmes was met and there was no problem in adjusting the timetable.
In case of no students for any discipline, colleges should close that and opt for some other discipline for which there was more demand. About the possibility of a single-entrance examination on the NEET model for engineering, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said it would help improve the quality of input into colleges. During discussions with stakeholders it had emerged that some States had not even revised their curriculum. Besides curriculum revision before introducing the single-entrance examination, the government suggested understanding the NEET experience before venturing any further, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said. On apprehensions about HEERA, he said the AICTE had no role in it, and it was up to the Union Cabinet, the NITI Aayog and Parliament to decide on it. HEERA, he said, was in a nascent stage, and all check and balances would be in place before it was introduced. About question papers for examinations, he said all questions would be made compulsory and focus would be on problem-solving. The AICTE would release the model question papers in the public domain. As internships had been made a must for engineering, the AICTE had signed an MoU with Internshala to facilitate internship for students free of cost. The industry would pay the students money for working there, he said. He said all colleges were eligible to apply for PMKVY or other AICTE schemes. However, owing to inability to fund all those who had applied, there was a possibility that the axe would fall on colleges without accreditation or autonomy or that do not have enough number of seats. He also called for more emphasis on interdisciplinary studies. AICTE member secretary A.P. Mittal and KSFECMA office-bearers were present on the occasion. – Courtesy