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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

AICTE denies approval to 588 technical colleges across the country

The Times of India |

COIMBATORE: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has denied 588 technical institutions across the country approval to run various programmes. Bad infrastructure, shortage of faculty and poor academic performance are the main reasons, people involved in the approval process said. 31 of these institutions are in Tamil Nadu. Technical institutions across the country, including engineering, polytechnic, management and pharmacy colleges, have to apply for approval from the AICTE every year. The colleges have to upload the details on a portal, which will be verified by the apex body. The approval is mandatory for technical institutions to commence a new academic year.

When technical institutions sought approval for their courses for the academic year 2015-16, the AICTE found that 588 institutions did not satisfy the norms. “This is a routine process and every institution is expected to upload relevant documents and records while applying for approval. If documents pertaining to any norm are not available or not satisfactory, the application is rejected,” an AICTE official said. When asked about the reasons, the official said most institutions did not satisfy the infrastructure norms or were short on faculty. “From 2011-12 to 2014-15, many institutions have applied for an increase in intake. We have found problems like shortage of faculty and lack of enough classrooms and laboratories in many of the colleges,” the official said.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 107 institutions being denied approval, followed by Maharashtra with 88. States like Haryana, an emerging engineering destination in the country, has 32 institutions that have been denied approval for the academic year 2015-16. Tamil Nadu, the state with the highest number of technical institutions in the country, has 31 institutions that have been denied approval. Principal of one of the 31 colleges in Tamil Nadu that have been denied approval said, “The demand for the course was depleting, and last year we had applied to reduce the intake. This year we have asked the AICTE to scrap the department itself.”

While there are some top institutions on the list, experts say it is because one of their courses has been denied approval. “There are two good colleges on the list. In each, one course did not satisfy the norms, but they are among the top 20 institutions in the state,” said a professor of a private engineering college. Educational consultant J P Gandhi said, “It is not only the college infrastructure and faculty shortage that matter. Performance of faculty, recruitment of fresh faculty, implementation of biometric attendance system for faculty and research activities are also considered. Some institutions think if they have the required number of teachers it is enough. But, AICTE now looks at yearly performance too.” Experts say this is an indication of AICTE’s attempts to improve quality in engineering education. “This is good move from the AICTE. In January this year, they made a rule that colleges can apply for an increase in intake only in courses accredited by NBA. Now, a strict verification of documents shows their intent on maintaining quality,” said educational consultant Moorthy Selvakumar.- Courtesy

AICTE denies approval for 31 Tamil Nadu technical colleges

The Times of India |

COIMBATORE: Cracking the whip on colleges which lack infrastructure, faculty and show poor academic performance, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has denied 588 technical institutions across the country approval to run various programmes, reports Adarsh Jain. Tamil Nadu, the state with the highest number of technical institutions in the country, has 31 institutions that have been denied approval. Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 107 institutions being denied approval, followed by Maharashtra with 88.- Courtesy

JNTU to inspect engineering colleges from April

THE HANS INDIA |  March 31,2015 |
Issues guidelines for recruitment of faculty members.

Hyderabad: After cancellation of affiliations to 143 erring engineering colleges in the State, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU) has decided to inspect the colleges for the affiliation in the first week of April. The university would inspect all the engineering and pharmacy colleges for granting affiliation for academic year 2015-2016. During earlier inspections conducted by the university, 143 erring colleges were disaffiliated for lack of facilities and a few colleges were informed off their deficiencies.   JNTU authorities said the university would go tough on the colleges which do not follow the norms laid by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the university. Meanwhile, the JNTU has formulated and circulated guidelines for the recruitment of the faculty members in the affiliated colleges. According to the guidelines, colleges should issue notification for recruitment in newspapers along with qualifications. After issuance of notification, colleges should constitute a selection committee for each specialisation as per norms and apply for university nominee.

 As per the guidelines, the colleges should conduct interviews in the time slot, venue provided by the university and release selected list on the last day of interviews. The university has also come up with faculty registration portal to crack down fraudulent practices by the colleges. Officials said all the affiliated colleges should register information like qualification, experience, date of joining, photograph etc of the faculty through the portal and obtain a registration number. The portal will also allow faculty who are intending to join to an affiliated college to register. The university officials said colleges should use registration number for all future references – Courtesy

Approval process for 25 state engineering colleges starts in Maharashtra

Hindustan Times | Apoorva Puranik, Mumbai |March 29, 2015 |

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has started the approval process for 25 engineering colleges in the state, some of which were barred from admitting students last year. The approvals will decide if they can take in students this year. The colleges are under the scanner for flouting infrastructure and academic norms, but the timing of the AICTE has left students and academicians worried. If the checking starts now, it may not be over in time for admissions in June, and will cloud the process, they said. These colleges make up 5,000 of the 1.5 lakh seats available for engineering aspirants. The irregularities by these colleges were brought to the AICTE’s notice last year by Citizens Forum for Sanctity in Education, an NGO. Now, an expert committee has been formed to inspect them, based on whose recommendations they will be allowed to participate in the common admission process (CAP) for engineering colleges.

AICTE officials said that approval process will take around a month to be completed. In Maharashtra, engineering admissions will be based on the results of the JEE (Main) results, which is scheduled to be held on April 4, 10 and 11. “The approval process for these colleges should have begun long back. The fate of a large number of seats will be uncertain if the approvals don’t come through in time,” said Divyesh Kumar, an engineering aspirant. Vaibhav Narwade, a professor in an engineering college and member of the NGO that filed the complaint, said the process is not taken seriously enough. Some of the 25 colleges had approached the Bombay high court (HC) last year, challenging the AICTE’s order to not admit students. The HC allowed 14 of them to admit students in 2014, but asked them to file affidavits giving details of deficiencies and what steps they would take to improve them. Narwade claimed many of the colleges had not filed the affidavits. “The checking process is relaxed and the AICTE has failed to come down heavily on the colleges flouting norms,” he said. Avinash pant, the AICTE chairman, could not be reached for comments – Courtesy

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

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