AICTE denies approval for 73 engg colleges in Telangana
Citing poor academic record, lack of infrastructure and faculty , the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn approval for 73 engineering, polytechnic, management and pharmacy colleges in Telangana to take admissions for the academic year 2016-17. These colleges will now have to present their case before AICTE to regain approval. Existing students, however, will not be affected. But students passing out in the said academic year would be hit if the colleges don’t get approval in time as any degreecertificate issued by these colleges will not be recognised.
All technical institutions across the country have to seek approval from the AICTE every year before seeking affiliations from respective universities.The colleges have to upload the details of their academic record, infrastructure and faculty on the AICTE website which will be verified by the regulatory body . After its evaluation of the colleges for 201617, AICTE said 73 institutions in Telangana did not satisfy norms.
“It is a routine process conducted every year. When colleges fail to provide relevant details, their applications get rejected,“ said an officer from the southernregion of AICTE.
Apart from disappro ving 73 technical colleges, AICTE shut down 10 institutions for good after their managements sought closure.Also, 55 courses being offered by various colleges were also cancelled due to few takers.
According to sources, AICTE had set stringent norms for granting approvals for the coming academic year. At the same time, the council reduced the land requirement for enginee ring colleges this year and also relaxed the norms for closure.
Experts say this is an indication of AICTE’s attempts to improve quality in technical education.
“It is a good sign that AICTE has tightened its noose around technical institutions. Based on the AICTE approvals, affiliation of colleges by JNTU, Hyderabad, would also be easy,“ said Janaki Rani, an educationist.
eenadu news paper 16-05-2016 : http://epaper.eenadu.net