All India Council of Technical Education is looking forward to understand operational problems faced by technical institutions and amend the guidelines
The All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to revise the norms for setting up technical institutions, with the aim of enhancing the standard of education.
The decision gains significance considering the poor standard of technical institutions in the country, especially private self-financing engineering colleges. Over the past few years, a large number of engineering seats have remained vacant.
"We have convened meetings with the stakeholders to understand the operational problems being faced by engineering colleges, and all the technical colleges - be it Management, Architecture, Pharmacy or Hotel Management," AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe told 'Express'. "Based on the interactions and brainstorming, we will decide on the steps to be initiated to enhance the quality of education. As of now, nothing has been decided," he added.
The AICTE has already made it clear that it would facilitate closure of engineering colleges that do not have the required number of students, entirely or in part. "But, there will be no forced shut down. However, it is the AICTE's stated stance to reduce the number of engineering seats across the country by 40 per cent. This comes against the backdrop of persistent complaints from companies about the poor standard of graduates recruited from colleges other than the top institutions.
It is learnt that many of the engineering colleges, especially self-financing colleges, are planning to discontinue departments that do not attract students anymore. As per the latest statistics of the Kerala Technological University (KTU), to which all the engineering colleges in the State are affiliated, 17,907 of the 58,165 seats (30 per cent)remained vacant this year. Worryingly, 118 self-financing colleges could claim only 40 per cent for their merit seats, while 13 of the 152 colleges in the State had admissions below 30 per cent. In contrast, nine government colleges and three aided colleges boasted of 100 per cent admission.
Kerala Self-financing Engineering College Management Association president K Sasikumar said the decision was a good move on the part of the AICTE. "Currently, we have enough institutions. What we need is innovative job-oriented courses," he said.