126 unaided engineering colleges under scanner in Maharashtra

Since 1997, inspections were done only at the varsity level, usually when a new engineering college was set up.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune | Published: November 2, 2015 8:32:00 am

Following a series of “irregularities” in their working found during the inspection of engineering colleges, as many as 126 unaided private engineering colleges in the state have been sent notices by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).

This kind of comprehensive evaluation of engineering colleges has taken place after a gap of 18 years. The last such inspection was carried out in 1997.

The notices, issued a few days ago, give the colleges three months for compliance with norms.

Since 1997, inspections were done only at the varsity level, usually when a new engineering college was set up.

However, in the wake of increasing complaints from officials about their inability to take action against erring colleges due to their political backing as well as to understand where the state stands on technical education, these latest assessments were carried out.

Speaking to Indian Express, Dr S K Mahajan, director of DTE, said on Saturday, “For the first time in many years, this kind of inspection of colleges, right from their infrastructure and facilities for students to approvals of teachers, was done. In this inspection, these 126 colleges were found to have flouted some norm or other. They have been now been given some time to secure whatever approvals are to be sought and resolve infrastructural problems and so on, if any.”

DTE carries out inspections or engineering colleges in the state, which started in June this year for which an inquiry committee had been appointed.

On October 26, representatives of engineering colleges had been summoned to the DTE to ensure they received the report submitted by this inquiry committee on various irregularities found in their respective colleges.

Asked about the details of the report, Dayanand Meshram, joint director of DTE, said it pointed towards irregularities in the appointment process followed for teachers, appointment of teachers made without approval of affiliated universities, educational qualifications of teachers and number of teachers vis-a-vis classroom strength, besides other shortcomings like infrastructural aspects (laboratories, libraries, classrooms) to students’ progress, placement records, books prescribed in syllabus not available in college, journals for reference not available, land-related issues at colleges and so on.

Since employability of students of many other colleges have also been found to be low, details were sought about results and placement ratio, library and laboratory upgrade and so on.

“In the month of February, the inspection would be carried out again. By then, they are expected to carry out necessary changes,” Meshram said.

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