Polytechnic institutes in the state that are running the show with ad hoc/visiting/temporary faculty will now have to pull up their socks. In a notification issued recently by the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE),polytechnics have been strictly instructed to hire full-time faculty who have been approved by the MSBTE,with the requisite qualifications. This measure has been linked with the academic monitoring process of polytechnics this year. Accordingly,quality faculty will be one of the most important parameters during assessment.
Ad hoc,visiting and contractual faculty do not serve the purpose. We often find that there is one visiting faculty for multiple institutes. This practice needs to stop. We want polytechnic institutes to provide quality education to the students and hence we want them to recruit full-time faculty who fulfill the necessary qualifications and only after they are approved by the MSBTE. The polytechnics need to achieve a faculty-student ratio of 1:20 and they can achieve this only if they hire full-time faculty, said MSBTE director P M Khodke. Institutes have been given time till September to complete the necessary faculty recruitment with approval from the MSBTE.
We will conduct academic monitoring twice a year for those polytechnic institutes which have not yet completed five years. There are 250 such polytechnics across Maharashtra. We will start the process of academic monitoring for these institutes in September this year. Subsequently,quality faculty and availability of necessary equipment will be given top priority. We have issued the circular on faculty approvals twice recently to ensure that there are no defaulters and polytechnics are able to complete the process in time, he said.
To keep a check on the performance of polytechnic institutes,covering disciplines like engineering,pharmacy and architecture among others,the MSBTE had initiated a continuous academic monitoring process last year. It also issued showcause notices to over 150 polytechnic colleges in the state to explain the poor performance of students during the 2011-12 academic year and conducted hearings for each. Subsequently,35 institutes were de-affiliated for poor academic standards and discrepancies this year.