Initiating stern action against private engineering institutes, the government has annulled the affiliation of 16 of them.
The government also directed the concerned department to classify the institutes on the basis of infrastructure, programme, workshop, teaching faculties and the standard of education imparted in the institution.
In Himachal Pradesh, there were total 9700 seats including 200 in the government and 7500 in private engineering institutes. The state has 39 technical education institutes of which 24 were in private and 15 in government sector.
However, the government’s strict action against the institutes has put the future of nearly 4000 students at stake.
Technical education minister GS Bali said there should be no compromise with the standard of education. He said when students were giving fee it was the duty of institutes to provide them adequate facility.
He said, “These institutes have violated norms and lowered the standard of education. The court has imposed a penalty of over 2 crore of which 50% amount was to be deposited by them but they failed to do so.” He added the decision to revoke the affiliation was taken on Friday. “Of the total 21 colleges, 16 failed to deposit the amount of penalty imposed by the court while only 5 institutes deposited the amount,” added Bali.
He said the government was committed to improve the quality of education and if someone found flouting the norms laid by the technical education board, it would not be spared.