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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

COIMBATORE: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has sought suggestions from technical education institutions for changes to be made in Approval Process Handbook for 2016-17. These are aimed at improving the process of granting approval and on maintaining better transparency and accountability. They should also inform it of the difficulties they face in filling up applications online and in understanding AICTE’s regulations, procedures and norms.

In a public notice, AICTE said that in view of certain orders of the Supreme Court, the Council needs to ensure timely processing of approval applications for the 2016-17 academic year. On December 13, 2012, the Supreme Court had ordered it sticks to an agreed-upon academic calendar. Later – on April 25, 2013 – it ruled that colleges affiliated to a university do not come under the purview of the definition of a technical institution under the AICTE Act. However, in subsequent judgements – on April 17, 2014, May 9, 2014 and December 15, 2014 – the court made AICTE’s prior approval compulsory and mandatory to conduct technical courses, including management courses, by an existing, affiliated technical institution as well as new ones which will require affiliation by a university to conduct its technical course.

“The difficulties now facing private engineering colleges mainly stem from the wrong ‘survival of the fittest’ policy of AICTE’s former chairman. It has virtually killed technical education in the country,” said T D Eswaramoorthy, joint secretary, Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated Colleges. Their main problems concern the large increase in student strength and in new courses. About 8.5 lakh of the 18 lakh engineering seats in the country now remain vacant. The main reason for this is colleges having a very large number of seats in one course, he said. “There should not be more than 120 seats in one branch. Some colleges have up to 300. Those with over 120 seats should be inspected, and if possible, the strength reduced. Also, only NBA-accredited colleges should be allowed to increase the number of seats from 60 to 120 in one course,” said Eswaramoorthy. A proper policy and strict regulations should be put in place to approve any increase of student strength as well as to improve the quality of technical education, he added.- Courtesy

AICTE Link – Suggestions from Institutions on Approval Process

Public Notice
The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its judgment and orders delivered on April 25,2013 in Civil Appeal No. 1145 of 2004 and Civil Appeal No. 5736-5745 of 2004 has ruled thatcolleges affiliated to a University do not come under thepurview of the definition of “Technical Institution” as defined under Section 2(h) of the AICTE Act  1987. However the Supreme Court of India in itssubsequent judgments on April 17,2014, May 9,2014 and December 15, 2014
Making prior approval of AICTE compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course including the MBA/ Management  course by an existing affiliated Technical College and also new Technology College which will require affiliation by a University for conduct of its Technical Courses/Programmes for the academic year 2014 -15 and 2015-16.
Under the circumstances, it has become imperative for the AICTE to evolve a suitable methodology to ensure the timely processing of approvals for the existing Technical Institutions for  A.Y.2016-17 so as to adhere to the Academic calendar asper the judgment ofHon’bleSupreme court ofIndia in C.A NO. 9048 OF 2012 datedDecember 13, 2012.Therefore,AICTE has posted“Approval Process handbook 2015-16”on its websitewith a view to soliciting comments/suggestions from the existingTechnicalInstitutionsas well as other stakeholders on the following points:
1.Difficulties being faced in filling up the Applications online.
2.Difficulties being faced in understandingthe Regulations/Procedures/Norms of AICTE.
3.Changes proposed to be made in the Approval Process for improvement of the system forgranting approvals for maintaining better transparency/accountability.
4.Any other suggestions not coveredabove.You are requested to send your comments/suggestions to aphsuggestions2016-17@aicte-india.org by 04.09.2015

(ECE) Electronics and Communication Engineering students in India get scholarship from Mouser

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

157 Engineering colleges seek affiliation to Kerala Technological University (KTU)

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

High court relief for 4 AICTE-barred engineering colleges in Mumbai

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

(KTU) Kerala Technical University starts online affiliation process

Deccan Chronicle | DC | Sabloo Thomas | April 29, 2015 |

Thiruvananthapuram: The newly-formed Kerala Technical University has launched the online affiliation process whereby the filling of applications, payment of fees and issue of approval will be done through the web portal. The KTU has also set up call centre facility with the help of Kerala State IT Mission for assisting institutions seeking affiliations. Stakeholders can get affiliation details from toll-free number 155300 from BSNL landline and 0471-155300 from BSNL mobile. Other service providers can avail of these  facilities from 0471- 2335523, 0471-2115054 and 0471-2115098. The assistance will be available 24 X 7,  KTU Pro-Vice-Chancellor M. Abdul Rahman told Deccan Chronicle.

From the academic year 2015-16, no institution in the state that awards a degree in engineering can function without the affiliation from the KTU. Any institution which imparts technical courses (under- graduate or post-graduate) without the approval of  KTU will be listed as unapproved. This year the  KTU will affiliate only the existing and new technical institutions which conducted under-graduate and post- graduate courses in engineering for the academic year 2015-16. Filling online applications began this week and will end on May 8. Institutions should apply for user id and password through the website. The  affiliation of courses to KTU will be based on the norms and standards specified in the AICTE’s approval process handbook. An expert committee consisting of eminent academics in technical education  will visit all the institutions to verify the facilities and grant affiliation. – Courtesy

Visit KTU, Kerala , Kerala Technological University Affiliation Process Portal

Telangana government eyes private engineering college premises

The Hans India | April 25,2015 | Hyderabad |

Hyderabad: With private engineering colleges applying for closure, the Telangana government is now eyeing on the premises of these colleges to shift government degree colleges there. As 58 government degree colleges do not have buildings and 18 colleges do not have lands, the government was of the view that renting out engineering colleges would be beneficial. The Commissionerate of Collegiate Education has already sent proposals to the government seeking an approval to rent out premises of the engineering colleges starting next academic year. As many as 12 private engineering colleges have come forward for the closure from the next academic and applied for the No Objection Certificates (NOC) to Jawaharal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad. The government and JNTU-Hyd had already issued NOCs and the colleges are awaiting a nod from the All India Council of Technical Education for the closure.   An official of Commissionerate of Collegiate Education said-“The department has moved a file to the government. Once government accords permission from the next academic year the colleges will be shifted.” So far 58 government degree colleges were functioning from the premises of government schools and junior colleges on shift basis. – Courtesy

Change in admission rules led to closure of course: Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu

The Times of India | |

COIMBATORE: While many engineering institutions in the state have sought to close down their courses, some colleges are looking to stop admissions for their MCA and MBA programmes as well. They say the eligibility criteria laid down by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have led to poor admissions and a fall in quality of graduates. Earlier this month, the AICTE published a list of 588 colleges saying they have been denied approval for the academic year 2015-16. However, some of the institutions on the list said they had willingly offered to close down programmes, including MCA and MBA courses. According to a professor of one of the institutions that had sought to close their MCA course, the AICTE rules for lateral entry into the three-year postgraduate course are to be blamed for the situation. “A rule says that any BCA or information technology/computer science graduate with mathematics as a subject can skip first year and join MCA in the second year, like how polytechnic students can join engineering in the second year. This led to a drop in admissions in the first year,” he said.

Another problem, the institutions pointed out, was relaxation of eligibility criteria for MCA admission. In 2012, the AICTE, after requests from private institutions, said students who had maths as a subject in graduation, even if they had not studied maths in the 10+2 level, can apply for the course. Till then only graduates who had studied maths in the plus-two level were eligible to join MCA. A professor said this led to students from varied backgrounds enrolling in MCA, making it difficult for colleges to frame syllabus. “When any graduate is allowed to join the course, there is no clarity on what subjects to include and what to remove. This affects the quality of teaching,” the professor said. There is a fall in the popularity of the course as companies prefer engineering graduates to those who have done MCA. A similar situation prevails among the stand-alone MBA institutions. A member of the management of one such institution said, “An MBA programme within the engineering institution is successful for many institutions, as it is easy to manage. Despite good infrastructure and academic performance, some institutions have shut shop due to difficulty in stand-alone institutions.” At least four institutions in the state that are shutting down their MBA programme this year. “There is no problem with our college’s infrastructure of teaching quality. We approached the AICTE to stop admission this academic year, and it has accepted the request. We are yet to get the no-objection certificate from the state government,” said K V D Kishore Kumar, vice-president of Vel Tech Group of Institutions.- Courtesy

JNTU Team to Inspect Engineering Colleges in May

The New Indian Express |  By Express News Service | 19th April 2015 |

HYDERABAD: Another round of inspection will be conducted on engineering colleges in May  to decide whether to renew or cancel the affiliation of the engineering colleges, which lack basic facilities. This will be fourth round of inspection of engineering colleges. Already a JNTU team inspected engineering colleges thrice and decided to cancel the affiliation of 163 colleges. Following this, the colleges challenged it in the court. Ending the confusion on the fate of engineering colleges, higher education minister Kadiam Srihari told reporters here on Saturday that the JNTU would constitute teams and inspect engineering colleges for the fourth time in May. “Irrespective of cancellation of affiliation of any college, the students who got admission will be protected,” Srihari said.

The minister said that there were 288 private engineering colleges with an intake of 1,63,570 students and 17 government engineering colleges with an intake of 3,032 students. He said that round two lakh MPC students were appearing for final year Intermediate examination every year. Out of which around 1.2 lakh students were qualifying. But, around 90,000 to 95,000 students were appearing for Eamcet and all of them were qualifying. He said that there were a total 1.66 lakh engineering seats in the state and only 95,000 students were qualifying. “Around 50 per cent seats were lying vacant,” Srihari said. “The state government has decided to improve the standards in engineering colleges and decided to inspect the colleges once again,” he added.

Though, the High Court made it clear that giving affiliation to colleges was the discretion of the university, some colleges challenged in the court again stating that the government inspected 163 colleges and left the remaining 125 colleges. “Now, the government inspected those colleges also and placed the inspection reports of 288 colleges in the website. The managements were given 45 days time for raising their objections and providing facilities in colleges,” Srihari said. JNTU teams will inspect the colleges in May and renewal or cancellation of affiliation of colleges would be decided then, Srihari said. He said that the state government had information that the AICTE renewed the recognition to 163 colleges. “However, AICTE recognition has nothing to do with the affiliation given by the University. We will go by our inspection reports,” Srihari made it clear. He said cancellation of affiliation was not due to the fee reimbursement scheme. “Fee reimbursement will be made to students and not for colleges,” Srihari said. Asked about cancelling Eamcet, Srihari “We will think about it from the next academic year.” – Courtesy

Kerala Technological University (KTU) :Online affiliation for engineering colleges from April 15

The Times of India |

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Technological University (KTU) will soon launch a portal to accept applications from existing and new technological institutions for affiliation this academic year. Institutions offering technology courses can submit applications from April 15 to June 5. Affiliation will be issued online from the first week of June. Except two deemed universities and five other engineering institutions run by various universities in the state, all other 161 engineering colleges in the state will have to get KTU’s affiliation. For this, institutions will have to be disaffiliated from other universities. “The processing of course affiliation to KTU shall be based on the norms and standards specified in the approval process handbook (2015-16) of AICTE. It will also take into consideration the report prepared by expert committee after visiting the institution and the norms and guidelines issued by KTU from time to time. An expert committee consisting of eminent academicians in the field of technical education in the country will visit all institutes to verify facilities,” said KTU pro-vice-chancellor M Abdul Rahman.

The institute found eligible will be granted affiliation for the academic year 2015-16 for the courses approved by AICTE only. The fee for affiliation is Rs 10 lakh for an institute that conducts undergraduate programmes (BTech) in engineering. The fee is Rs 5 lakh for an institute which conducts postgraduate programme (MTech) in engineering. The fee for an institute that conducts both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in engineering is Rs 12 lakh. The fee is charged for a new institute starting in the year 2015-16.- Courtesy

Minority colleges to go by AICTE norms : JNTU

The Hindu | | J.S. Ifthekhar |

Muslim minority engineering colleges have come forward to voluntarily reduce their sanctioned intake so as to meet the parameters fixed by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The JNTU is flooded with requests from different colleges, both minority and non-minority, to cut down their seats by 50,000. Some 40 colleges have even applied for closure, it is said. What has triggered panic is the cancellation of affiliation by JNTU to 174 engineering colleges out of the existing 315. Among the disaffiliated colleges are 31 minority managed institutions. This is seen as a big setback to minority education. “Minority colleges are derecognised on minor deficiencies giving rise to the impression that they are targeted,” says Zafar Javeed, general secretary, Federation of Telangana and A.P Minority Educational Institutions.

Deficiencies in faculty and infrastructure have been existing in the engineering colleges, but managements tried to address them from time to time and the JNTU granted affiliation. This time round, the government has used strong-arm tactics in a bid to water down the fee reimbursement scheme, it is said.The minority institutions want the government to calculate the faculty and infrastructure norms on the basis of students actually admitted in the preceding years instead of the sanctioned intake. This, along with the reduced seats, will enable the colleges in conforming to the AICTE norms in terms of faculty and infrastructure.

The minority institutions further want to be judged by the inspection report given by the expert committee constituted with representatives of the Indian Institute of Technology, BITS-Pilani and National Institute of Technology in the wake of Supreme Court order. There is said to be a huge difference in the report submitted by this expert committee and the one given by JNTU team in July. Some of the deficiencies like shortage of computers, provision of e-books and e-journals have been addressed by most colleges. “In respect of my college the latest inspection report says there is no deficiency in the built up area and the teaching staff shortage is only 5 percent, ” says Khursheed Ahmed, chairman, Hashim College of Science and Technology, Pregnapur in Medak district.

The issue figured in the just concluded Assembly session and the government promised to hold a meeting with all the floor leaders and then with the stakeholders to sort out matter. But so for there is no indication of any such meeting taking place. The Federation members have recently met the Deputy Chief Minister, Kadiam Srihari, and wanted the government to grant affiliation for the academic year 2015-16 by determining the stipulated norms on the basis of admitted intake (unit wise) rather than going by the sanctioned intake. Several engineering colleges face cancellation of affiliation by JNTU owing to deficiencies in faculty and infrastructure – Courtesy

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