Tech schools land in trouble
Professional education institutions could be in trouble if the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has its way.india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 13:54 IST
Professional education institutions could be in trouble if the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has its way. These institutes might have to shut shop or slash courses as the new AICTE norms stipulate that no technical education institute can operate in the country without the council's nod and land of its own.
"It was felt that the new guidelines were necessary to introduce quality technical education and recommendations were made by experts," said AICTE vice-chairperson RA Yadav. Procuring land for the institutes has also become costlier as urban development authorities like the DDA in Delhi and the BMC in Mumbai do not allocate land at concessional (institutional) rates. Land is now auctioned at market rates.
The AICTE, on its part, says it has tried to tackle the problem for institutes in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata by relaxing land requirement norms. For engineering colleges, the minimum requirement is three acres. In case of a management or a pharmacy programme, it is 0.5 acre. "We are also allowing for vertical growth in the built-up area for additional intake of students to take care of land constraints in cities," Yadav said.
The AICTE rules say institutes with a shortfall of more than 50 per cent of the stipulated built-up area will have to wind up operations. Those institutes operating from temporary sites have been asked to shift to permanent sites by March-end or close from 2006-07 academic year. "Students will be accommodated in AICTE-approved institutes nearby," an official said.
The institutes have asked the AICTE to do away with the clause on owning land and are now seeking affiliation on the basis of the quality of education being offered, facilities and faculty strength.