Will Not Close Engineering Colleges that Fails to Fill up Seats: AICTE
The Vice-chairman, of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Dr. M P Poonia, issued a statement on Friday stating that the AICTE has overhauled the curriculum, and is planning to put emphasis on Hindi as a medium of learning. He also mentioned about changing the curriculum which will be launched on January 24.
According to him instead of closing the colleges which have failed to fill up the vacant seats, AICTE will emphasize over the reduction of seats.
According to Poonia, “We have a huge infrastructure in the country, and there is a need for that. Today, out of 100 students who clear Class XII (Board examinations), only 25 students get an opportunity to get into higher education. (So) we are not talking about closing down colleges but reducing the number of seats — say to 50 percent.” He further stressed the board’s willingness to teach many subjects in Hindi to facilitate better comprehension (of the subject) in their own language.
According to him the entire curriculum for engineering, management, and polytechnic has been revised and a uniform curriculum to reduce pressure for students will replace the existing system.
His statement could be a relief to many private colleges and students, but there is more. As Poonia was speaking at the conclusion of Gujarat Technological University’s convocation at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar where he was the guest of honor, he emphasized on a new national teacher training policy with a six-month probation period which will be launched on January 24.
“Under this, all teachers joining from 2018, any postgraduate like MTech who wants to join teaching, will not be allowed to teach for (the first) six months. The candidate has to clear the certificate course of eight modules, covering planning and delivering lectures, question paper setting, values of a teacher, communication, and ICT skills.” This might help in the betterment of the degrading standards of teaching in engineering colleges.
Lastly, as a warning to errant institutes Poonia said, “Where there is no quality, (and) where students will not be served justice in terms of the money they spend on education and do not get equivalent quality, being the regulator, we will take stringent action.
There are ups and downs in the market (demand for technical expertise); we cannot create (work as per) market demands. So as far as our regulation and approval are concerned, we are conducting surprise inspections at institutes against which we receive complaints. We are issuing them warnings, and reducing their seats.”