12 Engineering Colleges asked to Upgrade Infrastructure

Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, has asked 12 engineering colleges to upgrade infrastructure so as to comply with the norms, K. Karunakaran, Vice-Chancellor, said here on Saturday.

Committee

“A few branches in the colleges were found wanting in infrastructure, as ascertained by a University inspection committee.

Based on the committee’s report, the colleges have been given a month’s time to upgrade the infrastructure,” he said at the meeting organised with college representatives.

“And, if the colleges fail to act, the University will take appropriate action.”

Mr. Karunakaran then presented a list of ‘dos and don’ts’: he asked the colleges to prevent ragging, orient senior students on the consequences of ragging, display the Government’s warning on the issue, form a committee to monitor the safety of first year students, create a conducive learning atmosphere, continuously evaluate students’ performance, encourage faculty to attend faculty development programmes, colleges to take up research activity, establish students’ grievance cell, use ICT in teaching, etc.

Software

On the conduct of examination, he said the University would seriously view any violation of examination procedure and asked colleges to ensure that practical examinations were conducted with the necessary equipment and software.

The Vice-Chancellor also suggested that only senior faculty members evaluated answer scripts.

Ethics

The Vice-Chancellor stressed on colleges adhering to academic calendar, following ethics in advertising their institutions and participating in University schemes and activities.

Representatives of colleges aired their grievances and presented suggestions. A college principal said the University was yet to issue certificates for semesters gone by.

Certificates

He urged the Vice-Chancellor to look into the issue to ensure that students get semester certificates.

Another faculty asked the Controller of Examinations to provide key to answer scripts along with question paper, as it would help in evaluation.

Principal of a college suggested that the University hold supplementary examination for final year students, so that they did not waste a year and were able to compete with their batch mates in the job market.

Mr. Karunakaran promised to look into the suggestions and implement the same at the earliest.

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