Academicians welcome committee formation

November 7, 2014

COIMBATORE: The Union ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) has formed a review committee to analyze and review the current AICTE regulations. Experts feel with mushrooming of colleges across the country, a system to monitor quality education is the need of the hour. "Like any organization, it is important to revisit the regulations of AICTE too," said R Rudramurthy, principal of PSG College of Technology.

"While the AICTE has been doing a decent job in monitoring the technical institutions, the central government's decision to analyze the regulations and AICTE Act, 1987 is a welcoming move," he further added.

The order was passed on October 22 and the MHRD has formed a committee of four members - M K Kaw, former secretary to MHRD as the chairman and A K Agarwal, vice- chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, U B Desai, director, IIT-Hyderabad and Ashok Jhunjhunwala, professor, IIT-Madras as the members of the committee.

The committee is expected to analyze the standards of technical education, performance of students and faculty members, organization of AICTE and its regional centres and regulations pertaining to accreditation. The committee has been asked to submit a report on the recommendations on AICTE regulations by April 2015.

Experts in the field of technical education seem to second the decision made by MHRD. "Today, despite framing regulations to monitor the quality of education, the lack of system to keep a track on institutions following it and not has become the lacuna," said a principal of a private engineering college. There is also the dispute between AICTE and University Grants Commission (UGC) on bearing authority over institutions.

Accreditation and rising number of technical institutions have raised questions on vacant seats and waste of resources. "The engineering admissions in July this year saw many colleges being unable to fill 10 seats, while the allocated seats were around 300 per college. The AICTE never intervened in stopping such colleges from participating in admissions," said J P Gandhi. "This proves that there is no system to monitor the quality of education framed by the AICTE."

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