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The Times of India | TNN | Jan 20, 2017 |
HYDERABAD: Hoping to fix the weak English skills of students pursuing technical and professional courses, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has now made it mandatory for colleges to set up standalone language laboratories within their their premises. In its approval process handbook released for the 2017-18 academic year, AICTE has listed multiple requirements under ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’. The standalone language laboratory — where colleges are expected to conduct language tutorials for students — figures in the essential list. Experts say the move is aimed at preparing students for interviews and group discussions during campus placements. “There are a lot of students whose English language skills are weak. As a result, they are unable to crack job interviews and other competitive examinations. Pronunciation is a major issue among many engineering students,” said placement officer at Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology NLN Reddy.
It may be recalled that in 2015, nearly 500 students from Telangana and Andhra were deported from the US, resulting in a major crisis. Among the various reasons for deportation cited by the US border security officials was the students’ poor English skills. The AICTE’s move, experts say, could address this issue. As per its norms, lessons and exercises have to be recorded on a weekly basis so that students are exposed to a variety of listening and speaking drills. The language laboratory sessions will have to include word games, quizzes, extempore and debates. The labs must have 25 computers for every 1,000 students and a faculty who is proficient in English. Apart from this, an institution-industry cell is another must-have for institutes beginning the new academic year. – Courtesy
The New Indian Express | S Mannar Mannan | Express News Service | 18th January 2017 |
COIMBATORE: THE All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to allow polytechnic colleges to be converted into engineering colleges after meeting necessary requirements. It will also allow conversion of engineering colleges with insufficient patronage into polytechnic colleges. To be eligible for the conversion, the institution concerned should have been in existence for at least five years, the AICTE said in its approval process handbook for 2017-18. Institutions offering courses in pharmacology have also been allowed to similar conversions, provided the requirements.
“Polytechnic colleges which have been in existence for long would like to upgrade themselves into engineering colleges. Now they have been allowed to convert diploma-level institutions into degree-level institutions,” said an office-bearer of the association of engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. – Courtesy
The New Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | ENS | 24th November 2016 |
COIMBATORE: Cracking the whip on private engineering colleges exploiting students by charging exorbitantly, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has fined around a dozen colleges in Tamil Nadu. The fine amount ranged up to Rs 2 crore. The apex regulatory body has also warned private colleges of withdrawing the affiliation if they fail to pay the fine. This is the first time that the AICTE is taking such stringent action against private engineering colleges for collecting exorbitant fee from students. Sources in the AICTE have confirmed this and said the move followed complaints by students. The AICTE conducted a thorough enquiry by sending its team to verify the complaints and found that some colleges have collected exorbitant fees. Based on the enquiry findings, the AICTE has taken the decision, sources added. The AICTE has also taken similar action against institutions in other parts of the country.
According to AICTE Approval Process Handbook 2016-17, no technical institution is entitled to receive from students any other fee, in whatever name or manner, in addition to the fee fixed by the State fee regulatory committee. If any institute violates this, they are liable for penalty of twice the total fees collected, reduction in student intake, no admission in one or more course for one academic year, and withdrawal of approval of one course, or of the institution. A senior official in Anna University, who also confirmed the development said, “AICTE had fined around a dozen colleges.” “The AICTE has given three months time for private engineering colleges to pay the fine amount, and warned that if they failed to pay the fine, their approval would be withdrawn. In some cases, the AICTE has issued warning to private colleges not to collect higher than the fee fixed by the State-level fee fixation committee,” the official added. Sources also added that a few of these private colleges which were fined are planning to move the Court challenging the AICTE decision. – Courtesy
The New Indian Express | By Express News Service | 11th April 2016 |
COIMBATORE: The fate of over 400 applications to start new technical education institutions in the country will be decided by the Standing Appellate Committee of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the coming week. The AICTE has started online application process for starting new technical education institutions, including engineering and technology, pharmacy, architecture, town planning, applied arts and crafts, management, MBA, PGDM, HMCT and MCA degree programmes, from January 21. The apex regulatory body for technical education has received hundreds of application for starting technical education institutions. From this, the AICTE has rejected 408 applications from trusts and societies to start new technical education institutions for various reasons. This includes 21 applications to start new technical education institutions in Tamil Nadu. These trusts and societies were given another chance to appeal against the AICTE decision and told to appear before the Standing Appellate Committee from April 12 to 15.
Apart from this, the Standing Appellate Committee of the AICTE will also hear the case of 40 applications for change in site of the institution, which was also rejected by the apex body. In addition to this, the Standing Appellate Committee will also look into six applications for converting women only institutions into coeducation institutions. Those applications rejected by the Standing Appellate Committee of the AICTE will not have the chance to start new technical education institutions during this academic year. They have to apply afresh during the next academic year to start their institutions. Meanwhile, the Standing Appellate Committee of the AICTE will also look into the cases of 176 existing technical education institutions in the country, including at least 17 from Tamil Nadu, which have applied for closure of their institutions. – Courtesy / Approval Process 2016-17_Schedule of Standing Appellate Committee (SAC)
The Asian Age | March 26, 2016 | Age Correspondent | Mumbai |
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has roped in advocates for the approval process for new and existing institutions. According to officials, the move is aimed at ensuring that the institutions do not resort to any shortcuts as the approval process is online and institutions may submit false or exaggerated details. Accordingto an official from AICTE, ever since the online submission of details for approval was started two years ago, AICTE had received numerous complaints of institutions not sharing accurate details or providing misleading information, as it was not being physically verified. “Complaints ranged from multiple institutions operating from the same premises while each institution has to have an independent structure. Apart from this, classrooms and laboratory details as well as faculty details were being manipulated, based on which the institutions were getting annual approval. Hence, it was decided to not only rope in academic experts but also have advocates on board to initiate penal action against institutions that provide false information,” said the official.
Towards this end, AICTE has issued a public advertisement inviting experts and the legal fraternity to join them so that the online approval process can be strengthened. Institutions coming under the purview of AICTE have to take annual approval for continuation, courses as well as in-take capacity. Based on the information provided through the online submission process, AICTE gives its consent for continuation or permission to increase the in-take or offer newer courses. “AICTE has laid down norms from academic to infrastructure compliances that institutions have to adhere to, failing which their approval is cancelled. While older institutions tend to comply on all parameters, it is the newer ones that try to go around the norms. To curb such practices and send out a strong message AICTE will not tolerate such misdemeanors, experts and advocates will be taken on board,” said the official, adding that AICTE would be including the new persons in the academic monitoring committee too from the next academic year. – Courtesy
The New Indian Express | By Express News Service | 23rd March 2016 |
BENGALURU: Affiliated private colleges can now secure autonomous status if they have secured high grades from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). This is if the college gets permission from the university it is affiliated to, said Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, here on Tuesday. She was speaking at a national conference on “Making India a Global Hub for Quality Higher Education,” organised by the Education Promotion Society of India. She also agreed with the recommendation made by a few private varsities to not have a government nominee on their Boards of Managements. However, she said that if the varsity had to engage with the University Grants Commission (UGC), a nominee from UGC will have to be selected. Speaking at the venue, Prof D P Singh, Director, NAAC, Bengaluru, said that in order to be an important player in the global arena, Indian higher education needs to adopt a truly global outlook. “It involves international collaborations for teaching, research and training along with faculty-student exchange programmes. Our curriculum also needs to match global standards,” he said. A new Education Policy is being formulated and many schemes and reforms are in the pipeline in the education sector, he added.
Speaking of annual approvals for various courses from All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Irani said such practices will be put to an end. Approval for courses will be equated with the accreditation granted to the varsities, which is for a period of five years. The National Achievement Survey, which is conducted once every three years by National Council of Educational Research and Training, will henceforth be conducted every year in all states, she said. Irani said the annual data collection exercise will help in improving the quality of education.
Hike in Fees
If the demands of private medical colleges are heeded by the Medical Education Department, it is likely that their fee will go up ‘substantially’. Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash Patil said the demand is yet to be considered by the Department. He said three medical colleges will open in the next academic year in Karwar, Chamarajanagar and Madikeri, and will have a combined intake of 150 students. – Courtesy
Economic Times | By PTI | March 10, 2016 |
NEW DELHI: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued notices to 279 institutions found to be running without statutory approvals, Rajya Sabha was told today. In a written reply to a question, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the notices have been issued to the institutions to close down programmes or fulfill the mandatory requirements and approach AICTE for approval. Responding to another question, Irani said there is no provision in AICTE Act for blacklisting higher education institutions. She, however, said in case norms are not followed action can be taken, including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats, no admission status in respective courses for one academic year, withdrawal of approval in the respective course, reduction in seats intake, withdrawal of approval of the institution and its closure. “121 such technical institutions have been closed during 2015-16,” she said. In response to another question, the HRD minister said that as per an independent survey commissioned by it in 2014, 60.64 lakh children were out of school in the age group 6 to 13 years.- Courtesy
The New Indian Express | By S Mannar Mannan | 05th March 2016 |
Mid Day | By Pallavi Smart | 10 February 2016 |
To tackle the shortage of faculty in technical institutions, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is bringing changes in parameters of qualifications for appointment of teachers. While activists cry that it will dilute the educational standards, AICTE visions it to be a contemporary approach of striking a balance between tackling faculty shortage and giving multidisciplinary industry oriented approach to technical education. Colleges however are happy with the changes as it is making it convenient to fill positions. The AICTE released its approval process Handbook in the last week if January. Taking a review of several aspects of technical institutions, it brings reforms in certain aspects such as faculty appointments, land requirements, accreditations among all. Of these, faculty appointment reforms are experiencing much wrath from activists. These reforms include having 20% visiting faculty who may not have degrees but with industry experience, a candidate who is not masters in engineering but holds equivalent degree in relevant stream in a relevant subject can apply for teaching position.
Vaibhav Narawade, secretary for citizens’ forum for sanctity in education system, talking about the changes said, “It is a great disappointment. The new approval process handbook 2016 did not attempt to improve the approval process. On the contrary, AICTE reduced and relaxed some important statuary norms ignoring quality education, especially the industry experience clause will be exploited by institutions as the criterion on experience is not specified. This will further lead to reduction in teaching jobs with colleges relying more on visiting faculties, hampering the quality of education.”
Santosh Narayankhedkar, principal of MGM college of engineering, said, “The reforms are welcome. It will allow us strike a good balance of faculty. These new parameter are for visiting faculties coming from industry with huge experience. This will rather be very beneficial to students. More than 70% students go to work in the industry. This will be an opportunity for them to learn new technologies from industry experts.”
Suresh Ukrande, former dean of faculty of engineering at the Mumbai University, also appreciated the reforms. He said, “That colleges are facing shortage of faculty is a known phenomenon. The country is not producing as many PhD holders in technology as we require in academics as per the traditional norms. The reform will allow take advantage of industry experts who may not be holding these degrees but have ample experience to educate students.”
Chairman of AICTE Dr. A D Sahasrabuddhe, explaining the regulatory body’s stand, said, “The relaxation is allowed only for 20% of the faculty members. Colleges will have to fill 80% positions as per prescribed norms over the years. The new reforms will not only help colleges deal with faculty shortages, but will also help bridging gap between industry and academia which has been a raising concern.” Elaborating on the thought, Sahasrabuddhe questioned, “Wouldn’t it be more beneficial for an engineering student to know about latest technologies from an industry expert who will be able to present a real time picture in front of students?” He further said, “Anyways, our faculty members are not up to date with latest industry trends and requirements and then we complain about how our educational system is not able to produce graduates desired by industries.” Giving an expert view on the scenario, Dr. Arun Nigvekar, renowned educationist and former chairperson of University Grants Commission, said, “The reforms are not much about relaxations but bring in interdisciplinary approach to teaching with industry and other relevant subject experts. But, with such reforms, it is difficult to know if institutions are misusing the clauses. In that case, it will hamper the quality of education.” – Courtesy
AICTE launches online dashboard on institutions and Grievance Application Form for Approval Process 2016-2017
The Hindu | Chennai | February 8, 2016 ||
The All India Council for Technical Education has created a dashboard on its website with easy access to some basic details about institutions under its purview across the country. Under the section ‘Statistics’ the data provides information about the number of institutions, their intake, the number of faculty and enrolment. According to the data, as of 2015-16 there are 10,329 institutions in government, aided, private and deemed institutions. The sectors include pharmacy, hotel management, engineering and technology, MCA, management, applied arts and crafts and architecture and planning. The data, a self-declaration by institutions, reveals that in Tamil Nadu 2,79,827 seats have remained vacant in the academic year. Though in a couple of months colleges would start the preliminaries for admission process, the data on intake and vacancies for the current year are not available. An independent educational consultant Moorthy Selvakumaran says the Council has uploaded only basic information but this is only raw data. “It is useful to the students and public but there is no specific information about the quality of the institution. The online system of uploading the details will keep the Council competitive as the Ministry of Human Resource Development has proposed to rank institutions. The need of the hour is to update the website about the number of institutions that have sought National Board of Accreditation (NBA) accreditation,” he says.
Last year, the Council had made it mandatory for colleges to be accredited by the NBA. Yet, the details are missing, Mr. Moorthy points out. Also, the Council is silent on the details about colleges that had violated the rules and the action taken. The principal of a private engineering institution says the Council is still evolving. “Sometime ago even these data were not available. It is a step forward in transparency,” he adds. For institutions, however, the issue of concern is the revision of fee structure. The former Supreme Court Judge B.N. Srikrishna-led committee report on technical education had come up with a range of fee structure for private institutions. The report has been sent to the MHRD for approval. An academician, however, said the decision to hike the fees could be the discretion of the State government. – The information, though useful, is only basic, says an educational consultant – Courtesy