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india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 01:22 IST

THE ALL India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) is going to get tough with the technical institutes demanding donation before admission.
AICTE chairman Damodar Acharya who was at IIM-L on Sunday for the conference of Association of Indian Management Schools’ (AIMS) convention told newspersons that AICTE had decided to go in for random checks to ensure quality and transparency in technical institutes. “One can report any case of donation to the AICTE and we would take action after verifying facts,” Acharya said.

On being asked whether technical institutes in UP were conforming to the AICTE norms, he said, “private institutes in UP are comparatively new as compared to southern states. We have to allow them time to reach a particular level of excellence.” Acharya expressed concern at the deteriorating standards of technical and management education in the country. “We have the highest intake of technical and management students in the world. But, quality is a matter of concern.”

“Close to a million students are admitted in technical/management stream annually. About 5.5 lakh engineering grads, 2.5 lakh diploma holders, one lakh management students and scores of those in pharmacy, architecture etc constitute a sizeable chunk. China is next to us in terms of student intake with USA way behind at about 70,000 odd. In next five years the numbers would double,” he said. ‘

While delivering his valedictory address at the AIMS convention, Prof Acharya lamented that despite paying lakhs of rupees as fees several students barely manage jobs of Rs 5000 odd. “Employable grads in the country would not be more than 40 per cent,” he added.

Acharya said that of the 1500 odd AICTE recognised institutes running postgraduate diploma in business management (PGDBM) programme, only a miniscule minority were actually doing well. “We need to think what sort of regulation should be there to control quality.

This is important as in Tamil Nadu and AP there are hardly any takers for engineering colleges. If AIMS can help think of a framework, content, curriculum to bring quality, it would help both technical and management education,” he said.

He said that mushrooming growth of management institutes had clearly led to deterioration in management education. “There is faculty crisis and management institutes are getting those teachers who have been rejected by the industry,” he added. He said that IIMs were fortunate to get good students. “But what about other management institutes?” he asked. There were no ready answers.