AICTE turning the heat over Erring Colleges this Summer

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has released a notification stating that the Engineering Colleges not maintaining the prescribed Teacher-Student ratio will have to face the heat this academic year.

Also, if any institute is found violating the pay scale and qualification norms of the teachers set by the authority, the institution might be suspended off the admission process or a reduction in the intake of the technical college would be administered.

AICTE had declared a new set of norms for the grant of approvals to all Engineering colleges in a recent meeting. These norms would be applicable to all the 3000 technical colleges under the umbrella of AICTE.

Talking to a leading news daily, a senior spokesperson of AICTE said, “Colleges not maintaining prescribed faculty-student ratio shall be liable to punitive actions, including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats and reduction in approved intake.”

As per the recent development, AICTE is to penalize the defaulters by suspending the admissions in the current academic session or lessen the number of seats in a particular college. These actions have already been conveyed to the all 3000 institutes approved by AICTE.

“Penal action can also be initiated against technical institutions for not disbursing the salary of the faculty and other staffers regularly and not adhering to timings for the colleges that operate in two shifts,” the official said.

“Besides these, non-adherence to prescribed pay scales or qualifications prescribed by teaching staff for more than 12 months will also attract penalty.” He added.

All the schools are directed to run a second shift for which the declared timings are from 1 pm to 9 pm. Any such shift must be run with 50 percent additional faculty. These shifts would be subject to a surprise inspection by AICTE anytime.

Model Exam Pattern to be released

In another release, AICTE has rolled out a model examination format for all the technical institutions to ensure the students’ understanding of the concept and skills. This is a part of the reforms finalized by the technical education regulator.

“The final exams being conducted by the institutions shall test the understanding of the concepts and the skill — rather than the subject knowledge,” states AICTE. “A model exam format would be prepared and shared with the institutions and the technical universities for suitable adoption. This aspect would be reviewed at the time of approval.”

To ensure better teaching quality, AICTE has also launched a refresher course. “Every teacher shall mandatorily undergo an annual refresher course delivered through SWAYAM portal, encapsulating all the major advances in the field of their study. Online courses would also be prepared and delivered through the SWAYAM platform for improving the pedagogical techniques of the teachers. The participation in the courses by at least 50% of the faculty would be a mandatory condition for approval of the institution,” the resolution states.

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