‘No AICTE approval to colleges with less than 30% admissions’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Dec 2017 11:34:43

By Kaushik Bhattacharya

“All India Council for Technical education (AICTE) will not give fresh approval to the technical institutions which have less than 30% admissions for five years. We have taken the matter of vacant seats in engineering colleges seriously,” said Dr Anil Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, AICTE here on Saturday. He was in Nagpur to address the faculties at Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management.

“The number of vacant seats in engineering institutions has already crossed more than 7 lakh in the country while the vacant seats in Maharashtra is more than 60,000. The statistics of vacant seats is evident that the institutions with vacant seats are unfit to run engineering colleges. Either these colleges have to improve on their vacancy issue or they should apply for cluster,” told Dr Sahasrabuddhe to The Hitavada.

Whether AICTE has the solution on vacant seat issue? Dr Sahastrabudhe said, “Cluster of two or more engineering colleges which are close to each other can help in resolving the problem of vacant seats. Under-performing colleges should accept this technique to get approval from the council. It will also solve the infrastructure and fund based issue that most colleges are facing due to vacant seats.

Whether Apex body is monitoring the working of technical institutions? Dr Sahasrabuddhe said, “AICTE is monitoring working of institutions. Under-performing colleges are under scanner of AICTE. We will be conducting surprise inspections on such institutions.” World class infrastructure, faculty, good hostel facility, etc. make national institutes like IITs, IIMs and NITs hot favourite among students while most of the engineering colleges are lagging behind to provide all these facilities to students.

“Among all these negativity, we should appreciate the efforts of engineering colleges which are producing competent engineers who are chasing their dreams with their knowledge and skill,” stated Dr Sahasrabuddhe. He also said that students are getting attracted towards private and deemed universities because they provide the same infrastructure and facilities. The situation with affiliated engineering colleges are different. They struggle to get funds from Government, amount of scholarship.