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The New Indian Express | Express News Service | 03rd October 2015 |
Business Standard | Kalpana Pathak | Mumbai October 3, 2015 |
In a bid to stem proliferation of technical institutions, AICTE is planning to revise norms for setting up of such institutions.
Setting up of new technical education institutions is soon going to get tough. In a bid to stem the proliferation of technical institutions, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to revise norms for setting up of such institutions in the country. AICTE is the technical education regulator of the country. Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE said, “We want to be more strict with setting up of new institutions. With a large number of seats going vacant in technical education institutions, the norms of setting up of new ones need a review.” Sahasrabudhe took over as the AICTE chairman this July. Many institutes, Sahasrabudhe said, have come forward and expressed their desire to shut down. “This has resulted in engineering seats coming down by 600,000, almost a 40 per cent decline,” he said. Currently India has over 1.67 million engineering seats. AICTE says it has allowed discontinuation of 757 technical and professional courses at educational institutions this year. Of the 757 courses that have been shut, 556 were engineering courses, followed by pharmacy (89), computer application (57) and management (54). Also, 83 colleges — 46 management and 31 engineering colleges — have shut. Majority of these institutions, 345 or 45 per cent, are situated in Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Between 2006 and 2013, engineering institutions saw a growth of 131.5 per cent, rising from 1,511 to 3,498. During the same period, the number of management institutes went up from 1,132 to 2,467, up 118 per cent.
Shankar S Mantha, ex-chairman, AICTE says the proliferation has happened due to lack of a perspective plan from the state governments. “Till states come up with a perspective plan on their educational needs, it will not be possible to stem random proliferation. One needs to know how many students pass out of class X and XII every year. How many of them opt for science, arts or commerce streams? States have to make an estimate of such data and then decide on the seats required for higher studies. These plans can then be discussed in the Cabinet and facilitate decisions,” said Mantha. Mantha said, in the past, when AICTE had denied permission to individuals or institutions from setting up new institutes, it was taken to court. “If states have a perspective plan, AICTE can assess which areas require technical institutions to be set up. In the absence of a plan, it becomes difficult to argue in the court why AICTE denied permission to an institution,” added Mantha. B-school directors say the norms to set up new institutions are not in sync with changing times. For instance, a management institute does not need acres of land to set up a campus. “AICTE should ask for built up area and not land. In addition to this, AICTE emphasises on keeping physical copies of books and journals. In this digital age, neither students nor the faculty uses hard copies. E-books should be emphasised upon,” said the director of a B-school from Noida. AICTE, said professors, should encourage good institutions and not leave it all for the market forces to decide. “Non-serious institutions are indulging in “hire and fire” policy. This demotivates academicians. AICTE has to address all these issues,” the director added. – Courtesy
The Times of India ||
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Six of the seven engineering colleges for women in the state have approached the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for mixed college status. LBS College of Engineering for Women, Poojappura, is the only women’s college that didn’t seek the change. The Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College Managements’ Association has placed the request on behalf of these self-financing colleges at a meeting of technical education stakeholders organized by AICTE in Bengaluru early this month. These colleges had failed to attract enough number of students for their BTech courses. Five of these colleges were among the 13 engineering colleges that recorded less than 30% first-year admission this year while the sixth one fell in the 30-40% admission category.
“Students seem reluctant to join these colleges if they get admission to a mixed college of their choice. These colleges can function effectively only if the AICTE grants them permission to shun the women-only status. We hope the request will be considered favourably,” self-financing engineering college managements’ association president K Sasikumar said. The Kerala Technological University has also partially supported the demand. “We have asked AICTE to give relaxation in the present condition that such a change can be made if admission to a women-only institution is less than 40% seats for three consecutive years,” university pro-vice-chancellor M Abdul Rahman said. “However, we are not in favour of AICTE diluting other conditions mandatory for converting a women-only college into a co-ed college.”
The managements of engineering colleges for women get several relaxations from AICTE. Such colleges need only five acres as against 10 acres for other colleges while the mandatory bank deposit in favour of AICTE is Rs 27 lakh for these colleges as against Rs 30 lakh for mixed colleges. There is relaxation even in the application fee for AICTE affiliation. However, according to AICTE norms, colleges that shed the women-only status should fulfill the other criteria applicable for mixed colleges. Two engineering colleges for women-Yunus Institute of Technology, Kollam, and Holy Grace Academy of Engineering, Mala -were converted into mixed colleges last year and the permission was granted after they fulfilled all additional requirements. – Courtesy
September 15,2015 | THE HANS INDIA |
Hyderabad: With the engineering standards declining gradually, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to frame 75 per cent curriculum of the Engineering courses. The universities would be given a free hand in framing 25 per cent of the curriculum based on their requirements and local conditions. Speaking to the Hans India on the sidelines of an awareness workshop on ‘Outcome-based Education and Accreditation’ at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad here on Monday, AICTE Chairman Prof Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe said the Council was working on reforms to introduce in the Engineering education. With this move, majority of the syllabus for the Engineering courses across colleges in the country would be similar. Currently, as per the guidelines of the AICTE, universities frame the syllabus for Engineering courses.Further, the AICTE intends to introduce Biological Science in the curriculum of the Engineering education. The new curriculum is likely to come into force from the next academic year.
He urged the Engineering colleges to go for an autonomy status to improve the standards and have excellence.The AICTE Chairman said the standards of Engineering education had come down across the country. He further said 50 per cent of Engineering seats were going begging across the country and the trend of new colleges had been stopped. “What’s the point in running the courses when the required numbers of seats are not filled in colleges? About 15-20 per cent seats remaining vacant is okay but 50 per cent of the seats do not have takers. The college managements are closing the courses,” he lamented. Admitting that there should be 1:20 teacher and students ratio, he said while there had been a demand for the same, they were not takers for the seats and there was no point in continuing the course. “Such programmes should be closed and colleges should start courses which have good demand in the market so that seats will be filled up,” he added. When asked why the council had failed to keep a check on the erring engineering colleges, the Chairman said granting permission every year was a futile process. “People feel they are being tortured and may resort to corrupt practices if inspections are held every year. We believe that the information provided to us is correct and based on the information we give permissions. If information is found to be false, based on the complaints filed, either we cut the intake or drop the course or permission to the college,” he said. – Courtesy
Economic Times | By PTI | 31 Aug, 2015 |
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has asked the All India Council for Technical Education to name and shame deemed Universities which are not maintaining standards. Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said there is a strong need for the AICTE to inspect deemed universities and institutions offering technical courses and ascertain if they are maintaining standards, and if concluded they are not, their names should be published in official website, so that students are informed about courses and standards. “As per the law and rules, the AICTE has to use its recommendatory power to inform people about the tested standards of courses in various Universities,” he said. Acharyulu directed AICTE to inform the appellant how many institutes are inspected by its teams, how many Universities or institutions are found to be conforming with the standards and norms laid down by AICTE. He also asked the Council to furnish the names of the Universities or institutions informing the general public about their standards or the lack of them.
The case relates to one Neeraj Siwach who sought to know certified copies of all notifications, office order, and basis of according approval to BTech Civil Engineering course by AICTE to which the council had said no prior approval is needed for any course. Acharyulu said though approval is not needed, its disapproval, if found that a particular University is not maintaining required standards, can properly guide students and parents in deciding on the appropriate institution. “The Commission notes that such recommendations are not coming forth from the AICTE and because of that, students and parents are confused while substandard courses are being sold at exorbitant fees. Falling standards of MBA and BTech reflect this inaction strengthening suspicion of corruption everywhere,” he said.- Courtesy
Failing to check falling standards : September 01,2015, | THE HANS INDIA
The AICTE is a statutory body and a national-level council for technical education under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). It is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of technical education and management education system in India. However, it does not inspect universities and institutions offering technical courses and inform whether they are conforming to the standards and norms laid down by it. As such, students and parents are confused as substandard courses are being sold at exorbitant fees. Falling standards of MBA and B Tech reflect this inaction, strengthening suspicion of corruption everywhere. The Central Information Commission held that there is a strong need for the AICTE to inspect the deemed universities and institutions offering technical courses and ascertain if they are maintaining standards, and if it concludes they are not, their names should be published on its official website. The AICTE cannot abdicate that statutory obligation. The MHRD also has to inform whether the National Policy of Education-1986 is being implemented.
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has a duty to inform how many institutes are inspected by its teams, how many universities/institutions are found to be conforming with the standards and norms laid down by it and furnish the names of the universities or institutions that have displayed in their website about their standards or the lack of them. Neeraj Siwach has sought under RTI certified copies of all notifications, office order, and the basis of according approval to B Tech Civil Engineering course by the AICTE, showing that the degree awarded by the university concerned is valid for recruitment, promotion etc. The PIO replied that no prior approval is needed for any course from the AICTE. The First Appellate Authority felt that information could not be provided since the institute was not an AICTE-approved institution. The PIO contended: “Universities can start the technical courses without any prior approval of the AICTE, at their own risk as per the Supreme Court’s decision in Bharatidasan case. However, universities are under obligation to conform to the standards and norms laid down by the AICTE. Being autonomous, there is no bar for the universities to start technical courses. Students have to check about the approval or standards of the course. If they face any difficulties because of lack of AICTE approval for the course, the AICTE will not be responsible.” The AICTE is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education under the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). It was established in November 1945 first as an advisory body and later on in 1987 was given statutory status by an Act of Parliament. It is responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of technical education and management education system in India. The AICTE accredits postgraduate and graduate programmes under specific categories at the Indian institutions as per its charter.
As stipulated in the National Policy of Education 1986, the AICTE should be vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education. The MHRD constituted a National Working Group to look into the role of AICTE in the context of proliferation of technical institutions. The Group recommended that AICTE be vested with the necessary statutory authority for making it more effective, which would consequently require restructuring and strengthening with necessary infrastructure and operating mechanisms. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 25.04.2013 in CA No.1145/2004 in Association of Management of Private College vs. AICTE & another observed that the role of AICTE was not regulatory and was only advisory/recommendatory one of providing guidance and had no authority empowering it to issue or enforce any sanction by itself. The SC stated: “as per provisions of the AICTE Act and University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, the Council has no authority which empowers it to issue or enforce any sanctions on colleges affiliated with the universities as its role is to provide guidance and recommendations.”
AICTE has been granting approvals to technical institutes and colleges requiring affiliation from universities and the Board of Technical Education. However, in view of the judgment of Supreme Court of India in case of As sociation of Management of Private Colleges vs. AICTE and Adaikalamath College etc Vs. AICTE, the AICTE was not able to initiate any step for starting approval process for technical institutions/colleges affiliated and requiring affiliation from the universities.S Rajendra Babu, Doraiswamy Raju JJ, constituting a Bench of Supreme Court in Bharathidasan University case in 2001 (http://indiankanoon.org/doc/1384523/) stated that the prior approval of AICTE was not necessary for the universities to commence a new department or course and programmes in technical education, but the universities are expected to maintain the standards and norms prescribed by AICTE. The apex court made it clear that the AICTE could cause an inspection of the university to examine the maintenance of standards, saying their conclusion, “…does not mean that they have no obligation or duty to conform to the standards and norms laid down by the AICTE for the purpose of ensuring co-ordinated and integrated development of technical education and maintenance of standards.” Another important factor is that this judgment pertains to the universities and not technical institutes. It held that a ‘technical institution’ does not include a university. The AICTE notified “All India Council for Technical Education (Information for Maintenance of Standards and Conduct of Inspection of Technical Entities of Universities) Regulations, 2012. Rules 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 stipulate that AICTE has to report to UGC about the standards of Universities, after verifying information furnished by them, publish names of Universities not maintaining prescribed standards on official website, and report to the State government concerned or the Central government.”
As CIC, I found that the AICTE has a duty to advise the people about the standards of each institution after due inspection. Though approval is not needed, its disapproval, if found that a particular university is not maintaining required standards, can properly guide the students and their parents in deciding on appropriate institution to pursue the education. The Commission notes that such recommendations are not coming forth from the AICTE and because of that the students and parents are confused while substandard courses are being sold at exorbitant fees. Falling standards of MBA and B Tech reflect this inaction, strengthening suspicion of corruption everywhere. There is a strong need for the AICTE to inspect the deemed universities and institutions offering technical courses and ascertain if they are maintaining standards, and if it concludes they are not, their names should be published on its official website. As the statutory bodies like AICTE are not evaluating the educational institutions, private bodies and news magazines are granting them ranks for marketing and commercial purposes, leading to confusion among the students and parents. The crux of RTI question was: Whether the academic institutions are being assessed? The AICTE cannot abdicate that statutory obligation. The MHRD also has to inform whether the National Policy of Education 1986 is being implemented. Courtesy
AICTE Seeks Suggestions from Engineering Colleges (Technical Institutions) and other stakeholders to Improve Approval Process 2016-17
The New Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | 23rd August 2015
EET India | 14 July 2015 |
Mouser Electronics has become a sponsor of the IEEE Blended Learning Programme (BLP) in VLSI, which includes providing scholarships to deserving engineering students in India. IEEE BLP supports undergraduate and postgraduate students from various universities across India studying Electronics and Communication Engineering with the goal of transforming students into industry-ready professionals for the semiconductor industry. The programme employs a highly interactive, performance-based e-learning approach that reinforces core concepts through various stages of self-driven learning, practice sessions and assessments. This engaging online learning is coupled with highly effective, hands-on applied training through extensive project work in instructor-led labs.
The opportunity to partner with IEEE BLP will allow Mouser to play a direct role in advancing this programme’s mission by offering scholarships for engineering students. Mouser is committed to offering up to 300 scholarships per year under the sponsorship programme, covering a substantial portion of the student’s course fee. “We are excited to offer thesescholarship
opportunities and help prepare engineering students from various universities across India to excel in a career in the electronics industry. Mouser was founded by a physics instructor, Jerry Mouser, who needed components for a newly formed electronics programme at his school. That founding idea is still at the heart of our company. We are the go-to source for instructors and future engineers who need a vast selection of quality products, as well as the latest technology trends, design topics, and industry observations for learning and inspiration,” said Mark Burr-Lonnon, Senior Vice President of APAC & EMEA at Mouser Electronics. The opportunity to partner with IEEE BLP will allow Mouser to play a direct role in advancing this programme’s mission by offering scholarships for engineering students. Mouser is committed to offering up to 300 scholarships per year under the sponsorship programme, covering a substantial portion of the student’s course fee.
*BLP at Sai Vidya*
IEEE has signed an agreement with Sai Vidya Institute of Technology (SVIT), an engineering college in Bangalore affiliated to VTU Belgaum, to offer the BLP in VLSI to all their undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE). – Courtesy
The Times of India ||
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 157 engineering colleges have submitted their affiliation applications to Kerala Technological University. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday. Of these colleges, 155 are existing institutions while two are new colleges- Christ College, Irinjalakuda and Presidency College of Engineering, Vattamala near Chengannur. University authorities said an expert committee would start visiting the colleges that sought affiliation by May 20. The affiliation process would be completed by June 1. Besides verification of physical infrastructure, the university would also record the quality and number of teaching staff and remuneration paid to them.
“We don’t think there is a physical infrastructure shortage in the state’s engineering institutions. However, we are not sure about the number of competent and qualified faculty in these institutions. Those colleges found short of facilities prescribed in AICTE guidelines would be given provisional affiliation, subject to a condition that they meet the prescribed standards in a couple of months,” pro-vice-chancellor Abdul Rahman said. The guidelines stipulate that the minimum qualification for teaching faculty in an engineering college as MTech. As per the government decision, no other university than the Kerala Technological University will have the authority to give affiliation to institutions offering engineering education from 2015-16 academic year. Institutions offering BTech courses will have to spend Rs 1 lakh as registration fees and Rs 2.5 lakh as affiliation fees. For colleges offering post-graduate courses, the affiliation fee is Rs 3.5 lakh.- Courtesy
The Times of India |
MUMBAI: The Bombay HC has come to the aid of four of the 15 engineering colleges who had been placed in the “no admission” category by AICTE for the academic year 2015-2016. A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice K R Shriram, in an interim order, allowed the four colleges—Pillai Engineering College, MGM College and two Saraswati Engineering institutions—to participate in the Common Admission Process. Advocate C K Thomas, counsel for Pillai college claimed that the institute did not have any deficiency. “The alleged deficiency about land requirement with regard to a playground was settled in the college’s favour in an high court order last year. Despite this, AICTE used the reason to place the college in the no-admission category,” said advocate Thomas. Other colleges claimed that deficiencies in their cases were minor. The high court is scheduled to hear the cases of the other colleges been barred by the AICTE on Thursday.- Courtesy
Pillai College of Engineering gets Supreme Court relief – Thursday, 7 May 2015 – Agency: DNA
The Supreme Court has allowed Pillai College of Engineering in Panvel to participate in the Common Admission Process (CAP) for engineering colleges. The college had moved the apex court after the the All India Council for Technical Eduction (AICTE) in April revoked its approval of more than 15 engineering and management colleges across the state for violating norms. In fact, the court ruling has come as a relief for 14 other engineering colleges who have also been reprimanded by the AICTE for deficiencies in their functioning. Although the final verdict is yet to be delivered, the court has given AICTE an opportunity to present their defence on June 10.
Last year, the Bombay high court had asked AICTE to review the approval process after an NGO, Citizens Forum for Sanctity in Education, challenged it saying that a number of colleges running under the AICTE were not equipped adequately to conduct engineering courses. This is what led the AICTE to revoke the approvals of well-known colleges from across the city. Some of these colleges have been running successfully for the past three decades or more. As their approvals were revoked, the first-year admissions could not be accepted by the colleges. AICTE had not even mentioned the exact reason for revoking the approvals in the letter sent to every college. “We are a 40-year-old institution in Navi Mumbai and are well-known, but the AICTE did not consider even once before revoking our approval. The reason cited by them was that a playground within our campus was not needed and it should be given out for public use. A playground which has been a part of the educational institute for the past 16 years has suddenly become the reason for revoking our approval, whereas we have been paying the annual subscription charges — amounting to around Rs25 lakh — regularly to AICTE. There are no other deficiencies in our college, but there are many other colleges who are violating rules, but they are not part of the list provided by the forum. Hence, they are not being looked into. This is a very partial treatment imparted upon us,” said Nivedita Shreyans, spokesperson for Pillai College of Engineering. The SC ruling in their favour will allow them to be a part of the admission process.
“This is a relief for us. We are also hoping for a clearance from the court,” says SSawarkar, principal, Datta Meghe College of Engineering. “While assigning the next date for hearing, the judge made it clear that the officials at the AICTE was only trying to shrug the responsibility off their shoulders. They should have been alert all these years but to hide their ignorance they have been putting the onus on the colleges by revoking their approvals, which is not a very positive move,” said a witness at the hearing. Among the colleges whose approvals have been revoked is KC College of Engineering at Thane, which is also the Directorate for Technical Education’s (DTE) ARC Centre. Similarly, AC Patil College of Engineering, Kharghar has not paid salaries to the teachers but has still received a clearance.- Courtesy