Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is carrying out an inspection of all technical colleges in the state.
Interestingly, the inspection by the DTE to check the present status of colleges under it comes after a long gap of 18 years. Officials said the decision was taken by the education minister after increasing reports of bogus colleges, inferior-quality staff, abysmal placements and inaction due to political interference in technical institutes.
“We are assessing whether the colleges have required infrastructure, faculty, student-faculty ratio, placement record, results etc. We are also assessing the quality of students and faculty, which is the need of the hour. Earlier, we used to carry out a check only when a new college was started, that too only on infrastructure and faculty requirement. But now, we will receive an all-inclusive report that will give us the exact picture of where we stand in technical education in the country,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director, DTE, Mumbai.
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The last such inspection was done in 1997 by the DTE, officials said. “In 1997, there was a process of gradation of colleges. At that time, we had done an inspection. But after that, there have been no inspections of this sort by us. Universities do it from time to time, but we felt there was a need to actually look into where we stand on the quality. Once all the data is in, we will analyse it and by the next month, we will be sending suggestions to all colleges. If we see critical problems, we will take appropriate action,” Meshram said.
While the exercise is state-wide, in Pune, it was done by making groups of three professors, with each group being given three colleges to inspect.
According to Meshram, all technical institutes, i.e. polytechnic, engineering, pharmacy, architecture, hotel management, MBA and MCA colleges, will be inspected. “In Pune, the inspection of such colleges are over. In 15 days, MBA and MCA colleges will also be covered,” said Meshram.
According to one of the officials who wished to be anonymous, the decision to inspect colleges was taken after many officials complained about their inability to take action against faulty colleges due to their political backing. “Almost all new colleges that have come up have a politician as its chairman or in the management. This makes it impossible for us to take any action despite knowing that they do not have required infrastructure or staff. But when this was discussed with the Higher Education and Technical Minister Vinod Tawde, he immediately ordered an inspection to find out the present status.” the official said.
“Employability of students of many other colleges is still abysmally low. Many colleges have also complained about this. The report that we will submit will have all such details like college’s industry links, qualification of faculty, placement ratio, results, library and laboratory upgradation etc,” the official said.