Engineering Colleges flout AICTE rules

Engineering Colleges flout AICTE rules

The engineering colleges here are reportedly flouting the norms of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) by admitting students into the non-technical courses.

The admission for arts and science courses is against the direction from the higher education department that instructed the Anna University not to allow such non-technical courses in engineering colleges.

According to an AICTE norm, the institutions “shall not conduct any non-technical course(s)” in the same premises / campus under any circumstances.

In case of any violation and if it is reported to the Council, appropriate action including withdrawal of approval shall be initiated against the institution.

The Anna University, Coimbatore, had also passed a resolution in this respect in the Syndicate meeting held on April 10.

It is “resolved not to give affiliation to B.Sc. / BCA / M.Sc. courses offered in AICTE-approved institutions in the university area from the academic year 2008-09 onwards.”

Another resolution said that AICTE-approved institutions should offer only AICTE-approved courses.

When contacted, BU Vice-Chancellor Prof. G Thiruvasagam’ said “It is a surprise” to him that advertisements and admissions into arts and science courses are on at engineering colleges against the government’s instructions.

According to the president of the Association of University Teachers (AUT), Prof. Jayagandhi, AICTE norms prevent the engineering colleges from offering non-technical courses, but they are continuing to offer such courses.

“Only under the AU, Coimbatore, the practice is prevalent. No engineering college under other AUs in Chennai, Tiruchy and Tirunelveli offer such non-technical courses,” he said.

The Vice-Chanbcellor of AU, Tiruchy Prof. Ramachandran said that engineering colleges under his control did not offer courses against the AICTE norms.

According to Prof. G Thiruvasagam, around 30 percent of seats in rural colleges were lying vacant last year. One of the reasons was the admissions done by engineering colleges for arts and science courses.

When asked if the colleges are flouting the rules, Prof R Radhakrishnan said that they had received representations from managements to run the science courses and it would be considered by a committee.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiar University said that it have taken up the issue with the government.