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Telangana may lose 35,000 engineering college seats

Deccan Chronicle | DC CORRESPONDENT | March 19, 2015 |

Hyderabad: Engineering colleges cutting down their intakes en masse could mean a reduction of nearly 35,000 seats in Telangana from the current total intake capacity of 1.76 lakh. Colleges are using this strategy to satisfy faculty norms to ensure that they obtain affiliation from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad for the upcoming academic year. Faculty requirements are decided as per the course intake of colleges. As per AICTE norms, student-teacher ratio in undergraduate engineering courses should be 1:15 while the cadre ratio of professor to associate professor to assistant professor should be 1:2:6.

However, course intakes in most engineering colleges in both TS and AP are too high. For instance, if a college has 120 Electronics and Communications Engineering seats, it would need eight faculty members with at least one professor and two associate professors while the remaining can be assistant professors. But because of high intakes, most colleges are unable to fulfil these norms, attracting the ire of the affiliating university. JNTU-H had disaffiliated 143 Engineering colleges this year for lack of faculty and other infrastructure. But in a bid to get back, colleges are now cutting down their intakes so they can fulfil faculty student norms. Estimates suggest that as many as 35,000 seats could be removed for next year. Gautam Rao, chairman, Telangana Engineering and Professional College Managements Association  said, “When the government carried out inspections in December, they considered only July faculty data. They didn’t consider if we had added faculty by December. Almost 200 Engineering colleges are now applying for reduction in seats. If the government considers as on date faculty data and carries out inspections again with the reduced intake, most colleges will get affiliations.” However, many colleges are also looking to reduce their respective intakes just for the upcoming academic year and increase it again for subsequent years. – Courtesy

Over 1 lakh engineering seats vacant in Telangana State

The Hans India | March 18,2015 |

Hyderabad: MLAs of Congress and the BJP staged a walkout from the Telangana Legislative Assembly on Tuesday citing State government’s failure to give a convincing reply on the closure of engineering colleges in the State.The walkout was preceded by a heated debate for over an hour on the issue during Question Hour. Replying to a question raised by MLAs Dr K Lakshman (BJP), G Kishan Reddy (BJP), Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM), Ryaga Krishnaiah (TDP), D K Aruna (Congress), Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka (Congress) and others, Deputy Chief Minister (Education) Kadiyam Srihari admitted that of 176,770 engineering seats in the State, nearly one lakh were lying vacant.

  •  Assembly witnesses heated arguments
  • Kadiyam denies reports of 80 engineering colleges facing shutdown
  • Opposition members unconvinced, walk out

However, he said that the Education Department had no report on some engineering colleges misusing the fee reimbursement scheme. He also denied reports that nearly 80 engineering colleges are going to be closed from the next academic year.Dissatisfied with the Deputy CM’s reply, Lakshman said the State government was making generic statements on fake engineering colleges. Referring to the statements made by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on several occasions, he asked the government to furnish the list of colleges which were operating from poultry or dairy farms. He also wanted the government to name the colleges which were involved in fee reimbursement scam.  Replying to the query, Kadiyam admitted that many colleges were not maintaining standards and were found to be violating the AICTE and JNTU norms. He said the State government was taking action against those colleges to restore the image of Telangana State. He said 163 colleges, offering 814 courses, were de-recognised by the JNTU for violating norms. However, the managements approached the court and on Supreme Court’s directions a fact-finding committee was formed. He said the Supreme Court had directed the State government to submit enquiry report by December 31, 2014, although the third report on the issue was yet to be submitted. He also informed that criminal cases had been registered against 16 colleges for violation of norms. He said many colleges did not fulfill the mandatory conditions of AICTE like built-up area, qualified faculties, modern labs, library and computers.

 Speaking on the issue, MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi claimed that nearly 50 engineering colleges had approached the JNTU to surrender their permissions. He sought to know the steps that the government proposes to take to protect the future of second and third year students after the closure of those colleges. Meanwhile, the Deputy CM made it clear that the government did not intend to close the colleges, but wanted to make them follow all the norms. He said only 10 colleges had approached the JNTU to surrender their permission. He said the government would speak to existing students and take a final decision.  BJP MLA G Kishan Reddy pointed out that while the government was targeting private colleges, it was not taking any steps to improve the standards in government colleges. He said that government colleges did not have 650 faculty members and there was no Vice-Chancellor in most of the universities. He also accused the government of not releasing funds under Fee Reimbursement Scheme. Denying the allegations, Kadiam Srihari said the government has released Rs 1,587 crore for nearly 12 lakh students. Not satisfied with the Deputy CM’s reply, the Congress and BJP members staged a walk out from the House . – Courtesy

Ten engineering colleges want to close down in Telangana

The Hindu | | N. Rahul |

:  Amidst Government’s declaration that ten engineering colleges in Telangana have approached it seeking no objection certificates to close down as they were found deficient in imparting technical education, the Congress and BJP today staged a walkout in the Assembly claiming that the Government resorted to strong-arm tactics against the colleges in a bid to water down fee reimbursement scheme for students. In the only question taken up by the Assembly during question hour, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiam Srihari said that it was not the intention of the Government to ride roughshod on the managements when it served notices withdrawing affiliation of 163 colleges and 814 courses on January 31 last. It was done in response to a Supreme Court judgement for failure to adhere to norms of All India Council of Technical Education fixing certain built up area on the campuses, having qualified teaching faculty, well equipped laboratories and libraries and availability of computers.

He also said that criminal cases were booked on managements of 16 colleges for furnishing false information to the Government and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University about facilities on the campuses. Answering the allegations of the Opposition, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the Government was not trying to shy away from fee reimbursement scheme as it cleared all dues till 2013-14 to the tune of Rs.1,587 crore and made arrangements to bear the burden of 16-lakh students who would require Rs. 2,500 crore in 2014-15. The Opposition insisted that 80 colleges were on the verge of closure and asked the Government to explain how it would go to the aid of affected students and teachers. Congress leader T. Jeevan Reddy charged the Government of ignoring the direction of the Supreme Court to give the colleges opportunity to rectify deficiencies. BJP floor leader K. Laxman said that the pathetic situation was a result of the Government leaving the responsibility of technical education to private sector. – Courtesy

Government Engineering colleges not inspected: Kadyiam Srihari

The Hindu |

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Tuesday found himself in an embarassing situation when he informed the Assembly that the Government did not carryout inspection of its engineering colleges and confined the same to private colleges in the wake of the direction of the Supreme Court. The Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi caught the Minister on the wrong foot and opined that the Government leaving those colleges in the Government sector un-inspected was contempt of court. He said that the court order in October last applied to all engineering colleges in the State to find out whether they met parameters fixed by the All India Council of Technical Education. The court had ordered inspection by experts in the field and in response, the Government constituted a committee with representatives of the Indian Institute of Technology, BITS-Pilani and National Institute of Technology.

AICTE approval

Mr. Srihari said that the government colleges were not inspected because the approval of AICTE was not required for them including the constituent colleges of universities. He also said that the court did not order submission of inspection reports and merely asked the Government to let the private institutions rectify their deficiencies by giving them one more chance. So, the Government relaxed minor deficiencies while the major ones were informed to managements through notices. Mr. Owaisi said that the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University as the nodal agency for the purpose and the Department of Technical Education had concealed the experts’ report without submitting it to the Supreme Court. In the face of a spirited argument by Mr.Owaisi, the Minister said that he will find out the position and respond if a separate meeting was arranged or the issue allowed to be discussed under a different rule of the legislature. Either way, he promised to answer before end of the current budget session of Assembly. – Courtesy

17 Engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu apply for closure

The Times of India | |

COIMBATORE: A women’s engineering college in Namakkal has not seen a new admission for the past two years. The college’s management has been using faculty from their other institutions to teach third and fourth year students, because it is economically unviable to recruit staff for just 350 students. This is the situation in almost 50 engineering colleges in the state.  Alarm bells have been getting louder with engineering colleges shutting shop or in the process of closure. More than 30 engineering colleges are likely to either shut down or convert themselves into arts colleges or schools over the next two to three years. Educational consultants say 32 out of the 539 engineering colleges in the state saw less than 100 admissions in 2014.  AICTE sources admitted that 17 technical institutions have applied for closure this year. “This is not new, even last year we had applications from some colleges which wanted to shut down,” said a Coimbatore-based AICTE member. “A few more might follow,” he said. A college needs to get approval from Anna University and an no objection certificate from the state government for AICTE to sanction its closure. “The colleges would have to function until their current batches complete their courses,” said the official.

“Many grade three engineering colleges are trying to convert themselves into schools or Arts and Science Colleges, because they see a better demand there,” said Chennai-based educationist J P Gandhi. “AICTE rules say that institutions should have a staff strength based on its sanctioned strength and not existing strength. But, they can’t meet salaries with just 100 students,” he said.  More awareness regarding career options in other fields like science, law, humanities and arts besides college rankings and better placements are cited as reasons for colleges shutting shop. “The declining demand in engineering education is not a new phenomenon and with emerging alternate careers, the problem is bound to get worse,” said S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Professor of Management & Adjunct Professor of Law. “The remaining students have realized that only the top 50 colleges get placements, so they want only a grade I or grade II College,” said Gandhi. “The pass percentage of grade III colleges is less than 50%,” he said.
“We did not get any new admissions in 2013, and the previous batches also had less than 250 students,” said a former lecturer at the Namakkal engineering college, seeking anonymity. “In the 2012 intake, we had just 98 students,” he said. “So, now the college functions with just five former engineering college students teaching the third and fourth year students,” he added. The women’s engineering college belongs to a group that runs two more engineering colleges, besides a medical college. “Their other colleges too see an admission rate of only 30% to 40%. Some of the staff teach at the women’s college,” said the lecturer. “There are at least three colleges in Namakkal, one in Salem and another in Sangagiri which did not admit any students last year,” said Moorthy Selvakumar, an Erode-based educational consultant. “All these colleges might have applied for a formal closure this year,” he said.


Telangana Deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari assures 175 engineering colleges on affiliation issue

THE HANS INDIA | March 08,2015 |  Hyderabad |

Hyderabad: Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Friday assured reconsidering the affiliation of 175 engineering colleges, whose affiliation with JNTU-H was recently revoked. The delegation led by the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Minority Educational Institutions General Secretary Zafar Javeed met the Deputy Chief Ministers’, Kadiyam and Mahmood Ali, at the Secretariat on Friday.  Kadiyam assured that the disaffiliated colleges would be examined and appropriately reconsidered if the prerequisites for re-affiliation with the university were met. The delegation requested reconsideration of stipulated norms, infrastructure and faculty on the basis of candidates actually admitted to the preceding academic years instead of sanctioned intake by the All India Council for Teacher Education (AICTE) for granting affiliation in the academic year 2015-16.

According to Zafar Javeed, “This to an extent is also as stipulated by AICTE in their Hand Book”. A grace period of four months was also requested to allow the disaffiliated colleges in meeting the specified standards of infrastructure and faculty stipulated by the AICTE and the affiliating university in toto, before conducting the final inspection for granting affiliation for the academic year 2015-16.  He also reminded the Ministers that the “tuition fee” for the preceding two academic years was not disbursed, “consequently placing all the Engineering and other professional colleges in great financial difficulty”, especially in continuing and upgrading to the aforementioned norms.  The request seeks the government to consider the norms stipulated in terms of infrastructure and faculty on the basis of candidates actually admitted to the preceding academic years in all courses in the existing second, third and fourth years, instead of calculating them on the basis of the sanctioned intake. Earlier, the delegation also met Telangana Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali representing the affiliation issue.  Courtesy

AICTE may shut 50 engineering colleges in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

THE HANS INDIA | March 07,2015 | By:Yuvraj Akula |

Hyderabad: No new private engineering colleges will come up in Telangana in the next academic year. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has not received a single application for opening of engineering college from Telangana managements.

  •  No new pvt engineering colleges in Telangana
  • TRS govt intends to launch state-run institutions

“Every year, we used to receive at least 10 applications for setting new colleges. But, not even a single applications was received for setting new engineering college,” said an official of AICTE. The government which batted for State-run technical colleges has already urged the AICTE not to accord fresh permissions for setting up private professional colleges in the State.  According to ACITE sources, Telangana government has applied for opening eight polytechnic colleges and Maulana Azad National Urdu University submitted forms for opening of a new engineering college in the University campus. Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh State as many as 10 private college managements have filed application for launching new engineering and MBA colleges, ACITE sources said.  On other hand, a total of 50 professional colleges from AP and Telangana have sought permission from the AICTE for closure of their institutions. The college managements cited poor response from new students and huge losses as reasons for seeking to wind up their institutions.  “We received 50 applications from the college managements in Telangana and AP for shutting down the colleges. Most of the colleges are from Telangana, as they already got disaffiliated by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad because of lack of infrastructure and faculty,” an official of ACITE said.

According to ACITE sources, the colleges should pay Rs 3 lakh and no objection certificate from the concerned University for shutting down. The AICTE scrutiny committee would meet on Monday to decide the fate of engineering colleges that have applied for the closure.  “Upon verifying the applications, ACITE officials will inspect the colleges and decide, “an official said. Meanwhile, the engineering colleges in Telangana that have been disaffiliated by the JNTU-H are now doing away with the faculty positions in the colleges.    The private engineering college managements have already been not paying salaries for the staff for last few months. After several months the government has now released the arrears,” N Goutham Rao, President, Telangana Private Engineering and Professional Colleges Managements Association said.


Engineering colleges in Karnataka shortage of 26% UG, 21% PG faculty

The Times of India | |

BENGALURU: The admission season is round the corner, but engineering colleges in Karnataka have not been able to fill faculty vacancies both at the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels. In the past four years, Karnataka has added 36 engineering colleges — 17 in 2011, 14 in 2012, three in 2013 and two in 2014. However, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), which governs all private engineering colleges in the state, had ordered the closure of seven colleges in 2014 citing inadequate faculty and infrastructure. Now, Karnataka has 194 colleges. The total intake of students approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stands at 90,953 for UG courses and 10,965 for PG courses.
According to the AICTE’s submission to the HRD ministry, a copy of which is with TOI, the AICTE has mandated a total of 24,256 faculty members for UG courses in Karnataka. But there are only 17,901 faculty members, a 26.2% shortfall. The mandated faculty number for PG courses is 1,828, but there are only 1,450 — a shortage of 20.68%. As per appendix 7 of the AICTE handbook, which needs to be followed by all institutions affiliated to the council, there needs to be one faculty member (professor, associate professor or assistant professor) per 15 students and one HoD per department. Many colleges haven’t achieved this ratio. VTU vice-chancellor H Maheshappa told TOI: “As we speak, inspections are going on in Gulbarga and Belagavi. Next week, inspections will take place in Bengaluru and Mysuru. Action will be initiated against colleges which don’t meet the AICTE mandate.”

He said that in case the shortage is 10% or less, the college is warned and given time to fill up the vacancies. “A 25% shortage leads to a cut in student intake, and 50% shortage leads to the closure of college,” he said. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are together considered the engineering hub of the country with more than 1,200 institutions from among them. But the situation in the two neighbouring states and Kerala is equally bad. The shortage in the undivided Andhra Pradesh is 33.03% (UG) and 33.76% (PG). In Tamil Nadu, it’s 27.94% (UG) and 17.75% (PG), while the same is at 23.17% and 18.35% in Kerala. There is an overall shortage of 30.17% (UG) and 27.15% (PG) in the country. “We don’t get data on individual colleges in each state. We get an overall figure from each state that AICTE submits to us, which indicates the situation. There is a problem and solutions are being worked out. There are multiple reasons why this shortage continues to exist,” a source from MHRD said.


Failed engineering colleges sack staff in Telangana

Deccan Chronicle | DC CORRESPONDENT | March 03, 2015 |

Hyderabad: Faculties in engineering colleges are being axed by managements who have lost hopes of getting approvals from the government even in the ensuing academic year (2015-16). With the Telangana government being strict with erring engineering colleges, the college managements see no hope of getting JNTU-Hyderabad affiliation to run courses. About 20 engineering colleges out of 170, which failed to secure approvals from the state government this year, have applied for “NOC” seeking closure. JNTU officials expect about 50 colleges to apply for closure by this month-end, resulting in removal of more teaching and non-teaching staff. The managements have stopped payment of salaries of faculty for the last four months and have started issuing termination letters.
Shocked by their abrupt removal, the faculty members are now approaching JNTU-Hyderabad to stop the issue of NOCs for closure unless their salaries and arrears are settled and they find new jobs. They argue that it was not their fault but of the managements’ who failed to meet the prescribed norms of having adequate faculty and infrastructure and they were now being made scapegoats. Some managements are forcing the faculty to work in multiple colleges belonging to the same group if they want to be continued in the job.


Admission trends for engineering courses in Tamil Nadu

The Hindu | | Karthik Madhavan |

Coimbatore : The conversation in many a drawing room in houses with Plus Two students should invariably be on what to study and where. In a few houses, that should have been settled as either the student or parents must have finalised one or both by now. That opinion might be against going in for computer science engineering or information technology courses, say academia watchers. The reason they say: the recent retrenchment in information technology companies. This has earned the IT companies negative publicity and that will influence the decision-making process. But, not all are ready to go with this view. A.K. Natesan, president, Tamil Nadu-Puducherry Chapter, Indian Society for Technical Education, says that the IT companies asked only middle level and senior employees to leave so that they could recruit more freshers – meaning, more engineering graduates passing out of colleges.

In the coming days, the recruitment will only be good not only for the information technology sector but also for the core engineering sector – mechanical, electrical, civil, textile technology and electrical and electronics engineering disciplines, says another education expert. Seconding this view, Chief Executive of Bannari Amman Institute of Technology A.M. Natarajan says that the reason for the core engineering disciplines doing well is the Prime Minister’s Make in India programme. In four or five years, when this programme gets translated into action, the student who joins this year in June may be ready for employment when the industries start looking for engineers. Notwithstanding the negative IT publicity or the Make in India programme, IT industry will be the biggest recruiter, says Jayaprakash A. Gandhi, career consultant and analyst, pointing out that 70 per cent students join IT or ITeS companies. He adds that the recruitment and rush for admission will only apply for the top and the second rung colleges and not to the bottom of the pyramid, where the story is completely different. There are more than 100 colleges in Tamil Nadu that are facing closure as the student strength is fewer than 100. The poor recruitment has largely to do with the pass percentage in the first year. There a few engineering college managements that are looking at converting engineering colleges into arts and science institution, he says, referring to a college in Namakkal. This is because as per the 2014 statistics, for every Plus Two student there are two engineering seats available. Another analyst says that if the trend continues, there may be a consolidation of colleges as many managements cannot run with fewer students. Mr. Natesan says that he can see that happening in the near future.

Arts and science colleges

Recruiters in industry say they are looking at skills more than qualification in students. A commerce graduate with good accounting or computer skills stands a better chance than an engineering student whose skill sets are average. A director of a college says that a leading IT company recently recruited 25 commerce graduates. They say that students of jewellery designing, fashion designing, English, etc. will also find good placements. And, their starting salary is likely to be between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000. K. Sundararaman, Principal, Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, says that in the past few years the trends has been that in addition to BPOs and banks, IT companies, pharmaceutical companies, hotels and consultancy firms also visit colleges. And, the salary the IT companies offer graduates from arts and science colleges is at 70 per cent of what they offer for engineering students. And, the new development is that mathematics and statistics students are in demand, thanks to demand from analytics companies.


Engineering colleges allege fraud in JNTUH; threaten to close colleges

The Hindu |

: Engineering College managements have threatened to close down colleges accusing the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad officials of manipulating the inspection reports and “misleading” the Government leading to disaffiliation of more than 100 colleges. The representatives of college managements who met on Thursday to chalk out their strategy in view of the JNTU-H deciding to take action against them, also threatened to file criminal and civil cases at various courts against the officials apart from contempt of court cases. College representatives – N. Ramesh, Gautam Rao, KVK Rao, Pradeep Reddy, Krishna Rao and others told reporters that the JNTU-H had constituted a standing committee to review the reports of experts from BITS Pilani Hyderabad and IIT Hyderabad, instead of submitting the same to the Supreme Court.

The college managements would also protest at the JNTU-H seeking information of officials who had “tampered” with the inspection committee reports. They alleged that there was personal prejudice against some colleges. Mr. Ramesh said that they would file cases in the courts if the officials failed to give satisfactory answers within a week. We are accepting “minor deficiencies” but they could have been plugged if sufficient time was given. On duplication of teachers, Mr. Ramesh claimed teachers had no option but to teach in different colleges as managements had failed to pay salaries due to the non-release of fee reimbursement dues. The managements charged Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao of believing NASSCOM figures rather than understanding the “ground reality”. The JNTUH officials also took the cue blaming the colleges for the ills. They sought to remind colleges that they had voluntarily agreed to reduce the intake, but the JNTU-H did not react. They also claimed that “similar” conditions existed in all the technical institutions in the country but for the first time in the history, police cases were filed against colleges in Telangana. They demanded that the cases be withdrawn immediately and also wondered why colleges under Kakatiya University and Osmania University were left “untouched”.



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