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Technical colleges to get 3-yr leeway to get their act together

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to grant three-year grace time for the 800 technical colleges, which were identified for closure due to less than 30% student enrolment over the past three years, to improve admissions.

“The AICTE did contemplate closure of the 800 engineering, management, polytechnic and pharmacy colleges after receiving complaints about their inability to pay salary to the faculty, but finally decided to factor in the admissions for the next three years since they require sufficient time for planning,” Alok Prakash Mittal, Member Secretary, AICTE, said on Monday.

These institutions have been given the option of scaling down intake by 50% if they are unable to fill the sanctioned strength, said Prof. Mittal. He told The Hindu that in the backdrop of several engineering colleges facing difficulties in filling the sanctioned seats, the managements could ensure utilisation of the existing resources by starting non-engineering programmes that are popular and have societal orientation.

Ruling out a freeze on recognition of new engineering colleges, he, however, said qualifying norms would get tougher henceforth. Accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) will be made mandatory for starting new courses and modification of existing ones.

Institutions found wanting in measuring up to their self-declaration would be dealt with severely if shortcomings were detected during random inspections, he cautioned

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