Development of Engineering Colleges cause for Concern
M. Anandakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT, Kanpur, on Saturday appealed to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to put an end to the “mindless expansion” of engineering colleges in the State.
Inaugurating a TIFAC-CORE centre, built and donated by 1981-85 batch of students of Alagappa Chettiar College of Technology in Karaikudi, he said it was painful to notice the massive proliferation of engineering colleges in the State at a time when a majority of them did not have even 30% of faculty members.
The current trend indicated that the sanctity of engineering education would lose its value sooner than later. The proliferation would ruin higher education in the State.
Taking strong exception to the approval granted to new engineering colleges in the State when engineering counselling was almost over, Mr. Anandakrishnan said several students, who enrolled in arts and science colleges, were wooed by the newly approved colleges, most of which did not have enough infrastructure.
Lowering eligible marks for engineering education and extending scholarship and others apparently to fill up seats in the colleges was not good for technical education.
The reality was that though many private colleges had fancy buildings, laboratories and libraries, they had poor faculty. Mr. Anandakrishnan said the Chief Minister should intervene in the matter to stop further proliferation of engineering colleges.
Kumar Jayant, Commissioner, Technical Education, said the process of establishing national knowledge network was on the verge of completion. The network would connect all higher educational institutes, including IITs and others in the country.
R. Murugesan, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Madurai, V. Sekaran, Principal, P. Valliappan, president and C. Ananthan, vice president, ACCETOSA and spoke.