Less than two per cent or a mere 32 out of the 1,800 departments at polytechnic institutes in Maharashtra have valid accreditation,reveals a report submitted to the higher and technical education department. These 1,800 departments of engineering/technology belong to around 450 institutes across the state. This is against a state directive to polytechnics,which had asked them to compulsorily apply for accreditation.
Only 32 departments across eight institutes have valid accreditation,88 departments have re-applied for accreditation and 99 departments have applied for fresh accreditation. It indicates that a majority of the institutes have not yet taken cognisance of directions on accreditation issued by the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE). The governing council of MSBTE under the chairmanship of the higher and technical education minister has taken a serious note of this, says the letter recently issued to the polytechnics,a copy of which has been submitted to the higher education department.
The academic monitoring process,introduced by MSBTE,covers several aspects including curriculum,accreditation by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA),weightage given to practical training,the number of students who pass out,quality of faculty and research and development,among others.
Accreditation of various departments is crucial to ensure that quality education is being delivered to the students. The process of accreditation helps us understand the strengths and weaknesses of an institute and enables us to decide short and long-term goals. Accredited institutes are also likely to get financial assistance through the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under various schemes. In view of this,MSBTE had instructed polytechnics to apply for NBA accreditation. A certain weightage is also provided for accreditation in the academic monitoring process, said MSBTE Director P M Khodke.
Recently,the state had also decided not to conduct academic monitoring of NBA-accredited departments for the valid period of accreditation.
Accordingly,the state has now given the polytechnics six months to apply for accreditation or re-accreditation,failing which they will face action.