Task Force ignored AICTE norms: Colleges

Task Force ignored AICTE norms: Colleges
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Furious over some of the reported recommendations, private engineering colleges have described the report...

Furious over some of the reported recommendations, private engineering colleges have described the report itself flouted the norms. Most of the recommendations, as published in media, were contrary to AICTE norms which will not stand legal scrutiny, a senior member of the managements association told The Hans India.

"We came to understand that the Task Force Committee has asked the government to disaffiliate some of the colleges which don't pay salaries as per sixth pay commission recommendations. The committee mentioned that M Tech shall be the criterion to make appointment of faculty in 1:38 ratio (i.e. one professor/asst professor per every 38 students).

This is wrong. The AICTE itself clearly stated that B Tech could also be the criterion for appointment of faculty and for B Tech professors, fifth pay commission payments can be made. One can refer to the Act of 2010 which is being implemented all over the country. How can our people ignore it?" he questioned.

Another key recommendation reportedly made was about building area. The college building shall be built 11.2 square meters per student."This is a norm which was there before 2009. The changes made thereafter were the area shall also take into account course of study, location, faculty, lab etc and according it came about 6.5 square metres per student. How can the Task Force take an old guideline to write down on 'building deficiencies'?" he wondered.

The third contention of the colleges was that the panel does not have any power to make recommendations at all. "Task Force teams have been set up to see whether colleges have been following the AICTE guidelines or not. They should do it and send their reports directly to AFRC and the High Court.

They are not mandated to make recommendations such as disaffiliate colleges, take action on colleges etc. They should pass on the status report. If the situation so warrants we will definitely argue that how a Task Force committee, sans any academician, could make such sweeping recommendations" he made it clear.

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