Institutes told to remove deficiencies by yearend
Over 50 technical institutes in the state are staring at possible de-affiliation for failing to maintain prescribed academic standards.
Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE),which recently de-affiliated 35 polytechnics,has given another 52 institutes time till yearend to get their act together,failing which their affiliations would be cancelled. The institutes have been given time till December because they have already completed first-year admissions for 2012. Their performance will be reviewed in October and a decision taken accordingly.
We want the institutes to meet standards and follow prescribed regulations. If at the end of the year we find no improvement,we will issue de-affiliation orders for 2013-14, said MSBTE director P M Khodke. These institutes have poor academic standards and facilities,there is absence of quality faculty and infrastructure and non-availability of necessary equipment and books.
De-affiliation means there will be no fresh admissions. Warning letters have also been issued to another 82 institutes that are trying but have failed to remove all deficiencies. The letters state that if the institutes fail to remove the remaining shortcomings before a second review in February-March 2013,they will also be de-affiliated.
Five more institutes with slight deficiencies have been instructed to step up. The measures are part of an academic monitoring process set in motion by MSBTE to improve the performance of polytechnics.