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SC gives back AICTE power to approve tech colleges

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Changing its decision of April 25 last year, the Supreme Court has allowed All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to have regulatory control over technical educational institutions in the country for the 2014-15 academic year. The latest interim order came on a petition of the Odisha Technical Colleges’ Association (OTCA) on April 17, OTCA president Biswajit Mohanty said here on Sunday.

The SC last year had said colleges affiliated to any university do not come under AICTE purview, thereby shrinking AICTE role in regulating technical institutions. After the April 25 SC order, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had decided to take over control on technical education in the country and had framed guidelines for universities.

Allowing AICTE to have regulatory control over all such technical institutions again, a bench of Justice R M Lodha and Justice Kurian Joseph said on April 17, “AICTE shall now proceed in accordance with the approval process handbook for the 2014-15 academic year in so far as members of the petitioner association and all colleges and institutions situated similarly to the members of the petitioners’ association.”

The apex court also asked AICTE to issue necessary orders in this regard within 10 days, copy of the court order reveals.

Welcoming the latest court verdict, the OTCA president said AICTE control over technical institutions is necessary to ensure quality in technical education.

“UGC being an agency to offer grants, it had no technical expertise to ensure norms in technical institutions. That is why UGC delegated such a role to universities, which will dilute the quality of technical institutions in the country,” Mohanty told TOI.

OTCA, which has 62 member colleges in the state, had prayed to vest regulatory control on AICTE on the same logic.

The colleges were particularly apprehensive about their future without AICTE. In the UGC system, regulatory powers would have ultimately come to state universities, resulting in increased state government meddling in their affairs. The Odisha government, for example, had asked UGC to ensure that only Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) be allowed to affiliate any technical institution in Odisha.

The government had also requested UGC to ensure that no objection certificate from the state government would be made necessary before opening a new technical college, change of location, closure of a college and conversion of women’s technical college into co-ed college etc. (TOI)

Outdated B-schools in Andhra Pradesh told to shut shop

Chaitanya Institute of Business Management

Considered the most preferred post graduation option till recently, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) course is now being sounded its death knell with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approving the closure of 13 technical schools in the state for year 2013-2014. These include big names like Chaitanya Institute of Business Management, Annie Besant Post Graduate College (MBA), Institute of Advanced Management Education and Entrepreneurship among others.

Experts say outdated course curriculum, poor infrastructure, sub standard teaching staff and failing to realize the needs of the commercial market have caused the crash of the MBA. Between 2011 and 2013, the AICTE received 230-odd shut down applications from institutes across the country, of which 80 have been given the nod.

“Most colleges don’t have enough industry collaboration which forms the crux of a management course. Placement prospects are poor and faculty members are not connected with potential employers. Even worse, many institutions are set up in such obscure locations that prospective employers wouldn’t want to go there,” SS Mantha, chairperson of AICTE, told TOI.

Indicative of the archaic nature of the curriculum is the fact that very few such institutes in the country offer modules in digital marketing, despite the current relevance of social media in almost every industry. “Many fresh B school graduates don’t even know how to create a Google group or a social networking page for their company, which is basic knowledge. With the way social media has come up, there needs to be a well-trained workforce in the field of digital marketing. However, most B schools lack such specialized modules,” said Suresh Babu, founder of the Web Marketing Academy.

A recent paper by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India ( Assocham) said that only 10 per cent of management graduates are actually employable despite their massive demand. Employers are increasingly feeling that the talent pool being produced from B schools are not what they are seeking.

“Many B school pass outs have absolutely no practical exposure even though they may have their theory right on paper. There has been a decline in the quality of students that most management institutions are producing,” said Vivek Anand, CEO of Arike Electric, a former management student himself. In a recent round of recruitments, Anand’s company hired only two graduates after surveying several B schools in and around the state.

Meanwhile, focus is back on the IITs with parents veering towards them as a more viable career option for their children. “This was bound to happen since the expansion of the MBA was an unplanned one. Mass education and herd mentality does not work in the field of knowledge,” said G Haragopal, educationist and a former MBA teacher. (TOI)

2013-14 J and K Special Scholarships, AICTE, New Delhi

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Applications are invited by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi for J&K Special Scholarships 2013 to students from Jammu & Kashmir who are admitted to institutions outside the state of Jammu & Kashmir for pursuing Engineering, Medical and general stream studies for the commencing session 2013-14. 

Scholarship Details: No. of Scholarships:

For general education: 4500

For engineering education: 250

For Medical education: 250 

Amount of scholarship:

For general education: Up to Rs.30, 000 per annum.

For engineering education: Up to Rs.1, 25,000 per annum.

For Medical education: Up to Rs.3, 00,000 per annum 

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should have passed State Board of J&K or from CBSE affiliated school located in J&K.

The family’s annual income should be below Rs. 6.0 lakh per annum.

Candidates should be domicile of J&K. 

Apply: Candidates need to register online in the AICTE web portal.

Deadline: August 03, 2013 

Further Information: http://aicte-jk-scholarship.in/PdfDocuments/JK_rules_admn_120713.pdf

AICTE order spells new trouble for MBA, engineering colleges

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With All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) mandating technical institutes to start new academic session from August 1, there is little scope for direct admissions in state’s engineering college. Eventually, a large number of seats in engineering and MBA colleges may remain vacant, compelling authorities to declare zero session.

According to AICTE guidelines (as directed by apex court), technical institutes of the country will compulsory begin the new academic session latest by August 1 or August 30 (last date up to when students can be admitted against vacancies arising due to any reason).

However, till last year, the colleges admitted students from first week of August to October-end in state considering all discrepancies. Now, as the official mandate does not permit to postpone the last date, the number of admissions is likely to go down.

“The counselling sessions are going as per the directives of the apex court, and will finish as scheduled. In the first counselling round, the response has been low. Even if seats are remained vacant, the colleges will have to start the session on time,” said SK Singh, RPET coordinator.

Surprisingly, in the first round, over 40,300 seats are vacant in engineering colleges. Of the 61,000 available seats, only 20,700 candidates enrolled themselves. Last year, around 35,000 seats were filled after direct admissions till October. Since the direct admissions can take place latest by August 30, it will further lead to decline in the number of admissions.

There are 135 engineering and 90 MBA colleges in state.

“There are a few benefits of new directives. The session will start on time and students will get ample time to prepare for exams. But, early closure of admissions will definitely leave many seats vacant. Last year too, the admission was stretched until October-end. This year, the college has to close admissions latest by August 31,” said Praveen Bhandari, director (academics), RTU.

Admission norms for new courses

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The government issued orders fixing eligibility criteria for admission to the new courses approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in professional colleges during 2013-14.

The new courses approved by AICTE are a 5-year dual degree course in management; five-and-a-half-year integrated course in management leading to award of Master of Management (Engineering – MTM, Pharmacy – MTM, Pharmacy – MPM) and a six-and-a-half- year Master of Management in Architecture (MARM); a separate division for conducting two-year MCA course; five-year dual MCA degree; lateral entry scheme (20 pc supernumerary seats) for BCA and BSc (IT/CS) graduates for admission to second year of MCA; separate division for conducting 3-year engineering & technology courses for diploma holders and B.Sc graduates.

After discussing the new courses with officials of the APSCHE, the government felt that in view of the short time at its disposal to adhere to the admission schedule it would be better to issue  operating guidelines on admissions to the new courses instead of amending the rules.

For the integrated courses in management and master of management in architecture, the qualification will be the same as that for bachelor-degree courses. Admissions will be to the second year and will be based on first-year exam results. Degree in engineering/pharma/architecture will be awarded after four and five years respectively. Masters degrees will be awarded after completion of the respective courses.

The director (admissions) of the university concerned will accord approval for the admissions made for the courses following the regular admission rules as prescribed in the relevant GOs and the above said admission process and sanctioned intake (60 seats). If students admitted under Category-B in first year are selected for the integrated course, they will be treated as admitted under Category-B only.

Intermediate with 45 pc marks (40 pc for reserved categories) will be the qualification for dual-degree in management. For 2013-14, admissions will be based on merit in the qualifying exams.

Admissions shall be done on the basis of separate merit list of students passed in science (20 seats), commerce (20 seats) and arts (20 seats). In case of non- availability of students, the remaining seats in the stream may be allotted to students from other two streams on equal basis. In case of non-availability of students from two streams, remaining seats in those streams may be allotted to students from third stream. No PIO/NRI seats shall be allotted for these courses.

The Bachelor of Management (BM) degree will be awarded after 3 years, Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) after 4 years and Master of Applied Management (MAM) after 5 years. (By Express News Service)

CMAT 2013 registrations open, exams in September

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Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) for admission to academic year 2014-15 in All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved institutes will be conducted for five days from 26th to 30th September, 2013.

The entrance test will be held in two shifts at 62 locations in India and five foreign locations. The online registration for the exams has opened today and will last till August 21, 2013.

Since the exams will be conducted twice in a year, the MBA aspirants have the double opportunity to make it to the merit list in some reputed management institutes under the AICTE. The best scores out of the two exams will be taken into the consideration for admission purpose.

The AICTE website claims that the CMAT will reduce much of the burdens of an MBA aspirant as it has around four lakh of management seats and give the double chance to better the scores by conducting the exams twice in a year. (India Today)

Allow us to run science courses, affiliated colleges urge Anna University

Narayana Guru College of Engineering

Narayana Guru College of Engineering

Colleges affiliated to Anna University, which are opposed to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)’s directive not to run science courses, want the State government and the university to allow them to continue with the courses. A college in Kanyakumari district, Narayana Guru College of Engineering, had moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and got a favourable verdict, they cited.

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The AICTE had directed engineering colleges not to admit any students under the non-engineering programmes — three-year B.Sc. and five-year integrated M.Sc. programmes — this academic year. It had denied affiliation for non-engineering courses terming them “unapproved.”

Two five-year integrated courses

In the case of the Narayana Guru College of Engineering the college had originally sought affiliation for two five-year integrated courses — M.Sc. Software Engineering, and M.Sc. Electronic Media. But, even after the favourable verdict from the High Court, chairman of the college G. Sidhardhan is not a happy man.

“I filed a writ petition on March 6, 2013, asking the Anna University to continue affiliation for the academic year 2013-14 for the M.Sc. Software Engineering and M.Sc. Electronic Media courses. 

Verdict

The verdict of April 17 was in our favour. However, the Anna University is yet to act upon it,” he told The Hindu.

The court had directed the Anna University “to extend affiliation for the M.Sc. Software Engineering and M.Sc. Electronic Media for the year 2013-14 and also for the engineering courses, on merits and in accordance with law, within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order,” he said.

Heavy investmens

Echoing the sentiments of principals of many engineering colleges, he said that the decision of the AICTE cancelling the affiliation to science courses was a big setback because the colleges had invested heavily in terms of infrastructure, faculty, and other amenities.

An engineering college principal in Coimbatore said many teachers who had taught these subjects for years would go without a job. Statistics show that placements for the five-year integrated courses have been good, if not better, than those of the conventional engineering courses. 

“Points will be presented”

Vice-Chancellor of Anna University M. Rajaram said he was in consultation with the government and the points being discussed would be presented at the Syndicate meeting to be held soon to enable the university to come up with a decision for the benefit of students. (The Hindu)

Job crunch hits engineering postgraduates badly

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There are few takers for engineering postgraduates these days. The slowdown in the economy has dampened prospects in manufacturing so much so that the industry is shy about hiring them. Another major attraction was academics. In fact, many engineering graduates did master’s with an eye on teaching jobs. There was indeed a time when a master’s degree assured one a teaching job. That too has changed.

The tide turned against PGs when engineering colleges spotted an opportunity in the shortage of qualified hands to teach and lobbied with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to liberalise norms to start post graduate courses. In less than a decade, the shortage became a surplus. If just about a thousand PG seats were on offer a decade ago, by 2012 the number of seats had risen to 13,000.

Colleges that once complained of lack of eligible candidates for faculty recruitment now talk about a glut in applications. “Apart from in civil and mechanical engineering disciplines, there are too many applicants in other branches for lecturer’s posts,” says V Lakshmi Prabha, principal, Government College of Technology (GCT).

A few academics TOI spoke to mirror her view. When jobs prospects in the IT sector started to decline, many engineering students started to look beyond graduation. Work in IT firms have become more demanding and many workers, especially those involved in back office operations, began to explore other options. Several of them, especially women, started enrolling for post graduation in the hope of landing a teaching job. The lure of getting a teaching job, which offer a pay packet comparable to a corporate job and the flexible working hours, was what made most of them to opt for post graduation, says Lakshmi Prabha. Soon, there were too many applicants for teaching jobs.

“If a few years back, a college struggled to get a single applicant for a teaching post, now we get 50 to 100 applications of ME graduates,” adds T D Eswaramoorthy, general secretary of Coimbatore-based Engineering Colleges Affiliated under Anna University. This, according to him, has helped improve the quality of faculties.

But why is it that businesses prefer engineering graduates to PGs? 

R Ramachandran, president of Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA), says training a post-graduate is a difficult job. “Most of the post-graduates lack floor training. This makes it difficult on the party of industries to train them. So most of the industries are not interested to recruit post-graduates,” he says. Moreover, ME graduates should be paid more than a BE, which again makes it unattractive to recruit a post-graduate. Moreover, there is a perception that those who go for PG are those who did not have other options after their graduation, he said.

An HR person from a leading IT firm puts it bluntly. “Who needs to pay more for a person who is less competent? An undergraduate will do the same job for less salary. This rules out recruiting post-graduates,” he says, on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorised to speak to the media. Though there are firms which do give preference for PG students, they are less in number, he adds.

The result is that many engineering post graduates are left in the lurch like S Rajendran (name changed), who completed his ME in Communication in 2012 from a Coimbatore college. “I had applied to many of the institutions and even to some firms. But till now I have been unable to get a job,” he says. (TOI)

More B-schools closing than new ones opening

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The dawn of the third millennium marked the golden age of professional education in India. Hundreds of new institutes came up adding thousands of seats. An equal number queued up to grab them.

A decade on, the picture is one of stark contrast in technical professional colleges: this year more B-schools applied for closure than those that took wing. This academic year, 94 management colleges have sought consent to shut down. In case of engineering colleges, many in the southern states, which experienced the highest growth in the professional education space, are up for sale. Many more colleges have trimmed programmes, branches of engineering or streams in the management course.

On the academic front, the Master of Business Administration programme was once supreme, attracting not only those interested in business but also those who wanted to master the tools of management. Today the overall growth of MBA education is negative in the books of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Between 2011 and 2013, the AICTE received 231 applications from management colleges wanting to shut down. The AICTE has okayed about 80 of them.

A similar story haunts the Master of Computer Application (MCA) course—while 84 colleges stopped offering the programme last year; only 27 started MCA courses. For students who choose not to apply to an MCA college, the decision is a no-brainer: with many more engineering seats available now, an undergraduate would rather earn a BTech degree followed by a two-year master’s than enrol for a bachelor’s in computer application and back it up with a three-year MCA that would also eat up six years.

‘Poor colleges’

Alive to the problem, the AICTE has decided to allow colleges to offer a five-year dual degree programme and also permit graduates of science, BSc (computer science) and BSc (information technology) to jump to the second year of the MCA course. Yet, the small positive growth in the sector is from the engineering colleges where new institutes are coming up faster than closures taking place, largely in Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

S S Mantha, AICTE chairman, said: “This is a critical phase for the professional education sector. Professional education must be in line with industry. If you don’t offer placements, students are not going to come. Colleges in remote India and institutes of poor quality are not getting students. There is just one key to attracting students: institutes need to be top-of-the-line. There is no payoff in running a bad college.” But things seem to be looking up. “As the economy revives, we will see a larger pool of applications from colleges wanting to start. We have received close to 120 applications from B-schools for the next academic year,” added Mantha.

Joining a professional college was once the pinnacle of an Indian student’s career. Aspirants far outnumbered the seats available. So, students, left with little choice, would join anonymous professional colleges. But often, they were put off by one or more of these three reasons: poor quality of teaching, lack of adequate faculty or no job offer at the end.

“A young graduate would rather take up a job or prepare harder for another shot at an entrance exam which is the gateway to a better college,” said an IIT director. The problem is also linked to the economic slowdown, said an IIM director. “MBA as a programme has to be relooked at in many colleges. It is time the AICTE set up quality control cells. Indian professional education has to move up to the next level,” he said. (TOI)

Chembur engg college leaves 1,000 students in lurch

Vasantdada Patil Engineering College

Vasantdada Patil Engineering College

AICTE withdraws approval of Vasant Dada Patil Engineering College.  

A day before the declaration of first merit list for engineering admissions, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has withdrawn its approval from the controversial Vasant Dada Patil Engineering College, Chembur.

It became the second college in the Mumbai Metropolitan region after KC Engineering College of Thane to be banned from taking admissions this year.

It had total 360 seats in six engineering courses in the first year. The disapproval has also left over 1,000 students of second, third and fourth year in the lurch.

The college has been in the news for couple of years due to all the wrong reasons. Besides prolonged agitation of students, teachers and staff for reportedly flouting various norms, the college is also facing the ire of civic and district authorities for illegal construction of top two floors. It has been slapped with the penalty of Rs.18.5 crore by suburban collector for the same.

The Directorate of Technical Education, which conducts the admission in engineering courses across Maharashtra, was forced to “accommodate” 360 students allotted to this college to other institutes.

A top DTE official told dna, “AICTE informed us about the de-affiliation only on Tuesday when we were finalising the first merit list to be declared on Wednesday. We had to re-assign the seats to 360 students.”

Ramesh Unnikrishnan, ACITE’s new head of western region, confirmed the development. “The admission in Vasant Dada Patil College has been banned this year. I can’t deliberate more immediately as I have joined just a week before.”

Prof KTV Reddy, principal of the college, claimed, “The decision has come as shocker to us. The AICTE has approved the college in the month of March.

Then another committee was sent in April which gave adverse remarks. Our college is one of the best college in the city giving good results every year.”

He also alleged, “The AICTE’s decision is political and has been taken deliberately at the behest of few people”.He also claimed that Rs18.5 crore is not penalty but a “premium” imposed by collector as NOC could not be obtained before construction of 5th and 6th floor.

Dismay over delay in merit list

The DTE could not declare the first merit list on time. Though it has promised to put up the list of allocation of seats by 5pm on Wednesday, it couldn’t do so till the time to going to the press. The DTE official claimed that the delay was due to a “bug” which made it difficult to allot couple of seats despite several attempts. “We will declare the list by 11pm,” claimed an official. (DNA)