With more than 50% seats across engineering and MBA colleges in Maharashtra lying vacant this year as well, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) will inspect all technical institutions in the state to assess their teaching and infrastructure quality.
The technical institutes include all engineering, management, polytechnic, architecture, computer and pharmacy colleges in the state.
Such an assessment was last conducted in 1997. The increasing number of seats lying vacant as well as several complaints about irregularities, including inadequate teaching infrastructure and high fees, has prompted the directorate to initiate this assessment, officials said.
“There are several colleges, which seem to be flouting norms, and the assessment will help root out the issues. Usually, the DTE inspects colleges before granting them approval. However, this inspection will have several parameters to judge if the colleges are fit enough to function. We will assess their infrastructure, placement records, minority admissions, quality of faculty,” said DS Meshram, joint director, DTE.
The DTE has already appointed a panel of experts including professors for the assessment. A comprehensive report on the same will submitted to the DTE by end of the month, said members of the panel.
Colleges that are found to be flouting norms will have to be answerable to the DTE and appropriate action will be taken against them as well.
“Vacant seats have become a major cause of concern for the state and through this exercise we will try to assess the reasons behind the falling interest in these courses,” said a member.
Around 2,000 colleges will be assessed in the this inspection drive
This year, of the total 1.3 lakh engineering seats in the state, more than 60,000 seats remained vacant after all rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP) and counselling that ended on July 26. So nearly 40% seats would not be filled this year.