Around 60 colleges under the University of Mumbai (MU) are among the 346 engineering institutions in the state facing a threat of losing their affiliation. An inquiry conducted by the state government found that more than 90% engineering colleges in Maharashtra did not have adequate classrooms, laboratories and teachers.
Following a directive by the government, the MU has asked colleges to comply with the infrastructural, financial and faculty-related norms set by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) — an apex body under the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
“We have sent letters to the colleges identified by the government, asking them to immediately comply with the norms and revert,” said Anil Patil, the director of the Board of College and University Development at MU. He added that the decision to cancel the affiliation will be taken by the AICTE.
However, as HT reported earlier, only 60% MU colleges have been inspected during 2015-16. When asked why the MU was unable to figure out deficiencies in the engineering colleges on its own, Patil replied, “It’s an ongoing process. We have been sending local inquiry committees to colleges and asking them to fulfil the AICTE requirements. However, sometimes the colleges fail to communicate the details properly. In any case, these are minor violations.”
The Directorate of Technical Education has informed the AICTE about the norms violations in the state. In a letter dated February 11, the directorate has requested the apex body to extend the affiliations of errant colleges “only after due verification and fulfilment of the rules.”