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AICTE to relax norms for setting up new institutes
25 Nov 2010
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is planning to relax the norms to set up new higher education institutions.The move came in as a result of dearth of students in engineering, pharma and management colleges of the country. According to the new proposal, engineering and technological institutions can seek an intake of 300 in the first year itself which was 240 earlier. Similarly, MCA, MBA, PGDM, pharmacy and art and craft institutions can seek an intake of 120 instead of 60. AICTE also doubled the first year intake of architecture and town planning. Under the changed guidelines, these institutes can have 80 students instead of 40. A major bottleneck to start a new institute is the availability of land which has also been brought down by AICTE. Under the new guidelines, land requirement for engineering institutions in four mega cities has been reduced from existing three acres to two- and-a-half acres and in metro cities, including Bangalore, from five to four acres. “Demand for new colleges, especially in the city areas, is increasing every year. But due to the non-availability of land, many colleges could not run institutes. AICTE’s decision will definitely encourage more people to invest in colleges with increased intake,” said a senior officer from the department. Opposing the move, member of Consultative Committee for MHRD and Mysore MP H. Vishwanath said, “In fact, many members opposed the new initiatives. Presently, AICTE is managed by an ad hoc committee and there are no statutes. I will oppose any move that dent the sanctity of education,” [Source: Deccan Chronicle]

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L.R.Rana
14 Dec 2010

AICTE is responsible for the poor quality coming up. The increase in intake is going to mar the future of technical education as well as of nation. Please do not play with technical education and career of youth.

Prof. M.E.DHANAK
14 Dec 2010

As already thousands of seats in engineering & management are vacant ,it is surprising to know that AICTE is going to
increase intake capacity of new institutes and also relaxing norms.Actually the existing norms should be strictly implimented and intake capacity should the matched with demand from industries.

Virendra
14 Dec 2010

Respected PROF. S Sharma,

Your remarks are bit superficial and does not carry facts and data. Going by your remarks, if a sweet wala or wood sellers want to be part of education providing society than what is wrong with that…? Yes we need to keep the quality…
INSTEAD of criticising the system come up with solution in the present contest…we have ever growing young population..a 9% GDP, which we want to continue for next 10 years or more..and very few govt universities or colleges to support this requirement…what is the alternative ?

prof. j. n. Suresh kumar
14 Dec 2010

In view of the fact that the seats have not been filled up in the Engg. and Pharmacy streams in the Acad year 2010-11, which is the ill effect of the doubling and tripling of sanctioned intake, I do not see any reason to further relax the terms and to increase the intake at the begining.

This may lead to mushrooming of professional institutions and poor quality education.

Rajesh
14 Dec 2010

Its a kind of joke. The norms are nowhere strict. What AICTE should look into really is the quality. How the quality can be ensured in the Institutes approved by AICTE. The quality of manpower, the salaries, the examination system and every other dimension which exists in such Institutions should be formally looked into. The way the labs are conducted and lab examinations are held is pathetic atmost of the places. Also the fearless attitude of the managements in demading capitaion fee has to be delt.Instead of ralxing the rules AICTE should look into implementing the quality ensuring measures and to derecognice those Institutios that don’e follow the line.

Shiv Kumar
14 Dec 2010

I fully subscribe the views of Prof. S. Sharma and Mr. Rajesh. What is required is the real will power to correct the system and weed out the corrupt officials from the technical education system (AICTE and Universities). There is already excessive capacity (nos. of seats) at Degree/Diploma level of engg. education with everyday diminishing quality of teaching. The infrastructure is abysmally poor in terms of teachers, labs etc. The engineering graduates (incl. post graduates) are now joining State Bank of India as clerks. This is the quality now we have started producing.

Now admissions are offered to candidates with just pass marks without even any entrance test in some of the big names (with so called Universities with international fame). Even the entrance test are farce sometimes and almost all are given admissions to run the shops. The Universities are now running Degree/Diploma programmes in institutions not being their campuses and that too on contract basis involving commission agents. There are some deemed to be universities which offer degree/diploma in Engineering through distance mode without any teaching learning and bargaining the rates on the basis when one requires the degree.

However, there is no harm in reduced land requirement but what about faculty and other infrastructure and above all involving more serious people/organisations who are really interested in education and not merely in money making in connivance with some Universities.

V.RamakrishnaRao
14 Dec 2010

Now it is time to rethink in view of large vacant seats.Already shortage of faculty and infrastructure is worrying the parents.Relaxation of norms lead to mushrooming of more institues with diluted academics and merely serve a source of conferring degrees.Instead,more experienced and serious people must be involved to improve the standards of the existing institutes.

Prof. Puvvada Ramesh
14 Dec 2010

In Andhra Pradesh there are more than 600 Engineering Colleges as on to day. There are no qualified faculty to head these institutions. Ph.D. is the minimum qualification for the post of Principal and many colleges are running without a qualified Principal. Further there is dearth for qualified Faculty, as such there is no point in liberalising the norms just to open the colleges with out qualified faculty. In fact the All India bodies like AICTE, DST, UGC and CSIR should encourage and concertrate more on quality research rather than sanctioning the colleges. This is the need of the hour.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to express my views in this regard.
Dr. Puvvada Ramesh, Dean & Prof. of ECE, School of Electronics, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, Guntur, AP.

Prof.R.Nagendra babu
14 Dec 2010

Prof R.Nagendra babu:
Instead of relaxing norms to Institutes located in the city and urban areas, AICTE should give priority to the rural institutes, which really in the trouble. It should be the relaxation in terms of campus fund, common facilities and othe non academic facilities.

Sandeep
14 Dec 2010

All the relaxed norms mentioned in this article, are in effect from the previous academic year, approvals are already granted. AICTE has norms which cannot be met with the present fee structures. If AICTE has to implement all its norms they have to take control of the fee structures too. Not all colleges have enough funds to maintain the quality. You got to spend a lot to maintain good quality education.

Dr A.V.Chandewar
14 Dec 2010

Looking to the admission position of academic year 2010-11 no more colleges should be opened in engineering and pharmacy .AICTE should not permit much more colleges to be opened.

Dr. M. S. Ali
14 Dec 2010

There is no need to relax the norms. They have already been too relaxed last year when AICTE approval process had been made online. AICTE and the ministry of HRD should rather make it compulsory to have an industrial attachment to any engineering college just like a 200-bed hospital mandatory for medical college. This will not only restrict mushrooming but also will provide employment opportunities to the unemployed.

Prof.Kavala Nageswara rao
14 Dec 2010

Recent AICTE relaxations in increase in intake for Engineering and Pharmacy colleges in Andhra Pradesh has caused a lot of damage to the Rural colleges.Even though Apex body Llke Pharmacy council of India is opposing for additional intake AICTE has given permissions.Really it is proved that the saying “Haste Makes Waste.”It is the need of the hour for all concerned authorities to think and find a solution not to further deteriorate.This year so many colleges have to close down their activity and deployment in teaching posts.This academic year admissions are the the measure for the assessment.

shelwa
14 Dec 2010

It’s because some relatives of AICTE persons want to start some colleges! That’s why they are relaxing the norms!!

Prof. B. C. Mal
14 Dec 2010

I have gone through the remarks made by different distinguished academicians. Although in terms of huge young population of the country and need to enroll more number of students in higher education, it is necessary to open more colleges, but the government should seriously consider whether they should be technical colleges or general colleges.

As the Vice Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai I go for regular academic inspection of the affiliated colleges. I inspect the labs; interact with the students, teachers and the management separately. I have been trying to know the level of education and the various reasons for the quality of education being imparted. After teaching for many years at IIT Kharagpur, I have a feeling that the level of education in my present university is not upto the mark. Most of the teachers are of the opinion that due to high intake in engineering, it is not possible to get good students. They say that the many of the present engineering students could not have got admission even in B.Sc. courses few years ago. This is true to a large extent.

Another thing I find is that it is not possible to get good teachers. In the past, many good students used go for PG degree after their B.E./B.Tech. Degree and take up teaching profession as a choice. Now many are coming for teaching as no other job is available. Many of the teachers have simply B.E. degree although at present minimum requirement is M.Tech. as per AICTE norm. Although some colleges want to recruit good candidates with M.Tech. degrees, but they are not available.

Many of the colleges are not paying the teachers properly. Mostly they can not pay. As per AICTE norms, for every 15 students there should be one teacher. On an average one student pays an annual fee of Rs.50, 000/. The fees collected from 15 students may/may not be sufficient to pay one teacher as per sixth pay commission recommendation. Then the maintenance of the college labs, library and other facilities will not be possible. As a result, most of the colleges are not paying the teachers as per sixth pay commission recommendation.

I feel that the AICTE and the government should not permit the opening of many technical colleges in a haste. Let the existing colleges be properly equipped in terms of infrastructure and teachers. Then only we should think of opening new colleges.

opening new colleges.

shelwa
14 Dec 2010

I agree with Prof. B. C. Mal. He has really analyzed the situation properly. MHRD should learn what really an analysis means!!!

Prof. S Sharma
14 Dec 2010

The norms are already too relaxed. All sweet shop owners and wood sellers and businessman Lalas have opened these shops just due to too lenient norms. The norms should not only be in terms of land , building and space and money but about the persons behind such institutions. Just the mechanical application of any norm will lead to total chaos in the education system. No new innovative courses have been introduced in past 10-15 years. The salary structure of engg. graduates is going down. The companies like NIIT are messing up with computer education they are fleecing students like thieves without any govt check on the quality of faculty, course contents and teaching hours. How govt. can allow imparting of education by a company and without AICTE’s approval and without university’s affiliation. It is setting a wrong trend and giving a way to make money defying all statutory requirements.