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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.
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.
The Hindu | COIMBATORE, March 3, 2015 | |
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.
The Hindu | Andhra Pradesh | HYDERABAD, February 19, 2015 | |
HYDERABAD: 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”.
The Madras High Court restrains AICTE from taking coercive action against Tamil Nadu colleges for not subscribing to particular e-Journals detailed in the approval process Hand Book for the academic year 2015-16
Jagran Post News Desk Jagran Post Editorial | Last Updated: 18 Feb 2015 |
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday restrained All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from taking any coercive action against the self-financing Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu for not subscribing to particular e-Journals detailed in the approval process Hand Book for the academic year 2015-16. The order was passed by Justice T S Sivagnanam on a petition by the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu. “In the light of earlier order passed by this court and taking note of the pendency of the earlier writ petition of 2012 in which an interim order was passed to the effect that the AICTE is restrained from taking any coercive action against the institutions for not subscribing to the particular Journals, there will be a similar direction in this writ petition also restraining the AICTE from taking any coercive action for the academic year 2015-16,” the Judge said.
Counsel R Nararajan for the consortium submitted that as in 2012-13, AICTE had again in the present academic year 2015-16 insisted upon the purchase of e-journals from a particular supplier on payment of cash as a pre-condition to grant extension of renewal for the institutions. He submitted that AICTE can prescribe the syllabus, but cannot insist the managements to purchase particular Journal from a particular supplier and to make remittance in demand draft in US dollars. He further submitted exactly similar conditions in 2012-13 hand book are under injunction and the same is in operation as not vacated. Hence insisting on the same conditions in 2015-16 hand book is subjudice and against all legal provisions. Courtesy
AICTE restrained from taking action on colleges – The Hindu – Cities » Chennai – February 18, 2015 – .
The Madras High Court has restrained the AICTE from taking any coercive action against self-financing engineering colleges for not subscribing to e-journals, subject to their subscribing to DELNEST / INDEST for the academic year 2015-16. Justice T.S. Sivagnanam passed the interim order on a petition by the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu. The organisation filed the petition on behalf of its members who have also established engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. In the petition filed through counsel R. Natarajan, the consortium said that for 2012-13, the AICTE issued a fresh approval process handbook wherein certain new conditions were included. One was that the institutions were compelled to subscribe to e-journals through a particular publisher with pre-fixed price by the council without consulting the stakeholders. An interim order was still in force and the main writ petition was still pending. There were many journals available as open source. Therefore, going by the AICTE’s direction to procure e-journals, as mentioned in the approval process 2015-16, was unacceptable. Justice Sivagnanam said that in the light of the earlier order and considering the pendency of that writ petition, he was issuing a similar direction in the present writ petition. Court says it cannot force self-financing engineering colleges to subscribe to e-journals
MBAUniverse.com | 11 Feb 2015 |
EPSI has raised questions on requirement of compliance to the various points of AICTE Public Notice for Approval Process 2015-16.
Quoting Hon’ble Supreme Court of India order dated December 15, 2014 AICTE has invited applications for approval from all technical institutions including affiliated technical colleges and also new technical colleges which will require affiliation by a university for conducting technical programs/courses including courses of MBA/management for the academic year 2015-16. The deadline to file online applications for all approvals with AICTE office has been fixed as Feb 20, 2015. AICTE has not only allowed less than a month to file such application for approvals but also has not consulted and involved all the stake holders to arrive at the modalities and decision to invite applications for approval. Reacting to the AICTE Approval Process 2015-16, Education promotion Society for India (EPSI) has raised questions on requirement of compliance to the various points of AICTE Public Notice for Approval Process 2015-16. In view of EPSI the approval process 2015-16 has been issued by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) arbitrarily without consulting all the stake holders.
The Times of India |
CHENNAI: Now, not every engineering college can start new courses or add seats to the existing ones. From the 2015-16 academic year, experts said, only around 30% of the institutions would be able to do so because of a change in the policy of the All India Council for Technical Education, the advisory body in all matters relating to technical education. According to the recently released 2015-16 approval process handbook of the AICTE, only institutions that have clearance from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) can apply to start new courses or increase seats in the existing courses. This is a change from the policy adopted till last year, which allowed colleges which didn’t have deficiencies to start two new courses a year. The deficiencies were calculated by the system when the colleges uploaded their data.
S S Mantha, who recently demitted office as AICTE chairman and is aware of the policy change, said, “Around 30% of the courses across the country have NBA accreditation. This means that the state share will be around that figure or lesser. Only those colleges can apply for any increase in seats. There has been a lot of expansion in technical education in all states except Bihar. So, this is a good idea to curb unwarranted growth.” The approval process handbook specifies that the approved technical institution may expand its activities by adding new or additional courses or divisions in the existing programme provided the NBA accreditation scores are valid for the corresponding period. Approval for part-time programmes too is governed by the same rule.
Many institutions have not applied for accreditation or have allowed their accreditations to lapse over the years. The policy change is expected to spur college managements to focus on quality over quantity, something educationists have been crying hoarse about, particularly in technical courses. AICTE’s policy change is likely to send college managements into a tizzy, as they have added and given seats in existing courses according to the demand for a particular course. Educational consultant Moorthy Selvakumaran said, “The AICTE has put a brake on engineering colleges increasing the number of courses and student intake as they wished without concentrating on improving the quality of the course. College managements had been switching from one branch to another indiscriminately based on student demands, without considering whether they had the resources to support it. Now they will have to focus on quality to get quantity.”
Will Delhi University (DU) engineering colleges apply for AICTE nod (approval process) for BTech courses by February 20?
Hindustan Times | Jeevan Prakash Sharma, New Delhi | Feb 04, 2015
New Delhi: About 6,000 students enrolled in BTech courses in 25 Delhi University (DU) colleges since 2013 will be awarded degrees that won’t be considered valid in the Indian education system. It’s because five four-year BTech programmes – computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics and polymer science – launched as part of Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in the 2013-2014 academic session, do not have requisite approvals from the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). According to AICTE, February 20, 2015, is the last date to apply for approvals. Those who stand to lose are 6,000 bright students, who despite scoring more than 90% in the Class 12 exams, chose the BTech programme because these were being run by prestigious Delhi University colleges and were introduced under the much-hyped FYUP initiative of the human resource ministry of the previous UPA government. On investigating, this correspondent found teachers of the programme, principals of the concerned colleges and many DU officials unable to come up with a clear answer on AICTE approvals. “Is it a mandatory requirement to run a BTech course,” one of them asked.
The answer to this is yes, AICTE approval is a must if one goes by Supreme Court orders of April 17, 2014, and May 9, 2014; HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s statement in Rajya Sabha and the University Grants Commission (UGC) circular to all DU colleges in June 2014. The Apex court, which had stripped AICTE of its regulatory powers in a judgment dated April 25, 2013, reversed its position with two consecutive orders in 2014. “It is directed that prior approval of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course,including the MBA/Management Course by an existing affiliated Technical College and also new Technical College which will require affiliation by a University for conduct of its Technical Courses/Programmes for the academic year 2014-15,” the SC order dated May 9, 2014, said in the matter of Orissa Technical Colleges Association vs AICTE. Irani, while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha in July 2014, had said that DU colleges offering BTech programmes would need AICTE approval. A similar direction vide a UGC circular dated June 29, 2014 to DU and all its affiliate colleges, said, “The colleges under Delhi University, which admitted students in the academic year 2013-14 for these programmes may, wherever required, obtain appropriate approval of the regulatory bodies such as the UGC and the AICTE and ensure that students admitted in these programmes are not put to any disadvantage.”
SC’s April 25, 2013, judgment stripping AICTE of its powers is likely to have created the confusion over approvals. The principal of a DU college, requesting anonymity, said, “It was in April 25, 2013, that the SC stripped AICTE of its regulatory powers and vested it with UGC. FYUP was introduced during that time and six branches of the existing three-year BSc (H) courses – computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics, polymer science and psychological science – were changed to four-year B Tech programmes with some modifications in syllabus. That’s why the need for AICTE approvals was not felt then.” After the FYUP rollback from academic session 2014-2015, UGC directed DU to continue five branches of the five BTech programmes – but only for the students admitted for the academic year 2013-2014. The colleges were also asked to seek AICTE approvals. “There is no confusion on the question of AICTE approval for a valid BTech course. Running BTech courses without AICTE approval not only amounts to violation of the SC order, which is a serious offence, but it also causes serious hardship to thousands of bright students,” says a senior AICTE officer bearer.
AICTE approval after a year if deadline expires
April 25, 2013
SC stripped AICTE of its power to regulate technical courses and vested it with UGC
FYUP introduced in DU and three-year BSc (H) was changed to four-year BTech course with UGC approval
April 17, 2014
SC restored AICTE powers to regulate technical institutes
April 2014 – Jan 2015
No Delhi University colleges running BTech courses have applied for any approval from AICTE citing various reasons
Feb 20, 2015
If DU colleges do not apply for AICTE approvals within the deadline, they will have to wait for a year for the same
I would like to inform all institutions that February 20, 2015 is the last date for application for Approval. if any college fails to do that, it will have to wait for next year –Dr Avinash S Pant, AICTE’s chairman (acting)
Hindustan Times | Jeevan Prakash Sharma | New Delhi| Feb 04, 2015 |
New Delhi: It’s not just the question of AICTE approvals which bothers the students pursuing BTech courses in Delhi University colleges. Their courses do not match the standards of other prestigious AICTE-approved technical institutes; and their colleges lack teachers, classrooms and good laboratory facilities, the students say. “The issue of AICTE approval and upgrading of course content and quality of teaching go hand in hand and that’s the reason we are raising the issue of AICTE approval. We know that unless DU colleges match the standards prescribed by AICTE, they will not get recognition from the technical regulator,” says Piyush Panwar, who is pursuing a BTech in computer science.
“Students doing BSc (honours) in computer science have better course content than us. This four-year B Tech programme is a complete farce and if our syllabus is not updated for our remaining five semesters, we will have to do another course from some other technical institute to upgrade our skills.,” says Panwar. Rahul Upadhyay, his batchmate, says “The syllabus is not well-designed and structured. What we study in the third semester is being taught in the sixth and seventh semesters of AICTE-approved institutes. Similarly, topics they have already covered will be taught to us in our last semesters. ”
“In the absence of AICTE approval, we can’t apply for government jobs and go for higher education. On the other hand, lack of good teaching will let us down during placement in good private companies,” he says. However, professors and principals of various colleges dismiss these allegations. “The whole syllabus and teaching standard is excellent and at par with any best technical institute of the country,” says S K Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College. Many BTech students are in the meanwhile looking for alternate academic options. Nikita Khanna, a student of computer science, says “Besides my B Tech course, I am preparing for an MBA entrance exam so that if I do not get a valid BTech degree I will have something to fall back on.”