LAST WEEK WE ASKED: With the number of Technical institutes unapproved by AICTE increasing day-by-day, do you think the government should ensure stricter action against them like closure notice against non-compliance?
AICTE should create a central database where every institute approved by it is given a code. Students can log on to website and check the authenticity of institutes and verify before taking admissions to such institutes. Students should carry out such checks rather than focusing on non value added aspects of course which deviates them an end up blaming the government. The governments strict action will yield result in short term but the above steps will help in permanent closure of organisation as it creates awareness among students which is lacking in current system.
-- Arjun Malkar, Fr. C Rodrigues Institute Of Management Studies, Vashi.
Government must issue show-cause notices to the unapproved technical institutions, asking them to explain their stand. Government should also inform the respective state governments to take action. It must upload such name of these institutions on websites and issue newspapers advertisement time to time. The ministry should issue a public appeal to students, advising them to take corrective steps to ensure that their institutes are recognized under the laws and courses of quality and repute.
-- Rohit Dwivedi, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida
The bare fact that the technical institutions are able to sustain themselves and attract students despite not being approved by AICTE exposes the failure on the part of the Indian education system to cater to the huge demand from the student fraternity. In such a scenario it would not be practical to bring a closure on the institutions already in existence. Instead efforts are required to be directed towards review and overhaul of these institutes to enable them to attain the basic attributes to be in line with the norms required for AICTE approval.
-- Saurabh Majumdar, ICAI, Delhi
Government should take necessary steps against those technical colleges which failed to compliance with AICTE, the country's inspector which grants permission to technical colleges. Currently India has around 7293 technical colleges which include engineering and management institution. But many of them failed to compliance with AICTE. As the number of unapproved colleges is increasing, it is big concern for government. In order to maintain the quality of technical education in India, Govt. should take strict decision against them and if necessary send them closure notice.
-- Arindam Garai, Regional College Of Management Autonomous, Bhubaneswar
This condition has arisen due to the fact that shoddy education is imparted in most of the institute. The reason for this shoddy state of education is absence of amenities like quality teacher, infrastructure namely library, laboratory. Moreover, as in the coeval world large number of educational institution are being run by the politician and industrialist, whose only motto is to earn huge profit, and in pursuit of which they flaunt all norms and guidance. Hence stricter action is required against non compliance of notices otherwise quality will always lack in spite of quantity.
-- Nilaya Mitash Shanker, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Parents with dreams in eyes for their children believe every word that the college broker says about the college and placements. Only after paying a hefty sum and getting admitted do they realize the institute is not a recognized one. Same is the case with 44 deemed universities that were held unfit to continue as universities in 2010; later however UGC forgot all about such a happening and these universities continue to enroll humongous number of students openly flouting the required student-teacher ratio. Hence; it’s high time Government cracks down the defaulting institutes.
-- Glorin Sebastian, XIME, Bangalore
Measuring a college's competencies just on the basis of AICTE approval would not be an effective technique. There are various AICTE unapproved colleges, which are really good in providing better education to the students and are cost effective as well when compared to their equivalent AICTE approved colleges. Therefore first there is a need to make effective rules for identification of ineffective colleges so that no good colleges get discriminated just because their poor infrastructure. Only then can a big step of sending closure notices to the colleges against non- compliance will be of any value addition.
-- Neha Singh, IBS, Gurgaon
As getting a technical degree becoming a trend and large demography of India opting for it. Hence there is a great demand for technical institutes so the demand is catered and hence more number of bogus colleges come into picture that just exploit common man. Hence government should take strict immediate actions against these colleges.
-- Sukshith Shetty, Vishwakarma Institute of Management, Pune
Students go in for choosing technical education because they think that this will help them to improve there knowledge and also edge them in society among others but what if those institutes themselves are unapproved this students wont get job anywhere in market as well as their career and time is wasted.hence this institutes should be closed down by the government so that they dont play with the career of upcoming students. These kind of institutes should be penalised and sent under trail (behind the bars) so as to set an examples for others.
-- Palvinder Kaur Dhaliwal, Fr.C. Rodrigues Institute Of Management Studies, Vashi
Quality tends to suffer as quantity shots. It’s high time for the government to act strictly upon the non adherence of compliances mercilessly. While there are norms and standards already established, right feedback system in the form of inspection and audit prevents the rogue institutes by being nailed. This can be achieved by including student representatives district wise, elected member from graduate constituencies and retired principals, dignitaries who can be involved to get the right information about ground realities. Unless there is such an action for people empowerment, there will be no reaction for better educational system to evolve.
-- Kushal Shenoy, Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bangalore.
AICTE works as a regulator in the education system and monitor Indian education system. The AICTE take a 360 degree scrutinize of the institute and check whether the institute fits into all given parameters in order to provide a best education to the student, so that it can give approval to the institute. The unapproved institute by the AICTE, doesn't comply with the given parameters which works as a barrier in order to provide better education which result into a dark future of tomorrow India, hence government should take harsh steps in order to safeguard tomorrow India.
-- Harsh Mehta, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.
With ample institutions providing technical education we still have dearth of those which impart affordable, accessible and quality education. Government technical institutions, like Polytechnics, have lost their charm, leading to private players to enter in this sector with the motive of making money. This has increased the role of AICTE, but sadly AICTE being an advisory body has no statutory powers. So, the government should intervene in between and take serious steps like closure of institutions on non-compliance, merging of AICTE and UGC accreditations under one head along with preserving the interest of those who are presently pursuing these courses.
-- Girish Changulani, Jhunjhunwala Business School, Faizabad.
Institutes are where a candidate is being cultivated with lots of moral and knowledge aspects, but instead, they are being tortured. The education system has been changed to the worse by the non-affiliated modules. Students face problems, and these make difficulties for take the farther study in abroad as well for qualifying the degree by this education system, for that Ministry of HRD will do something to solve the students' problems because their careers are at stake by which the fault of Institute for which student cannot be made to suffer.
-- Prasenjit Ghosh, Unitedworld School of Business, Gandhinagar.
Every year number of technical institutes are increasing in India. Approval of these institutes is subject to fulfilling a lot of norms enforced by AICTE. The problem arises due to students who are enrolling in these institutes, being ignorant about whether the institute unapproved by AICTE. Also the institutes who fail to mention in their prospectus about AICTE, mostly end up in informing the students later after their enrolment about the accreditation status, thus misleading the students. So I feel that stern action such as closure notice should be imposed for non-compliance of the necessary norms.
-- Arun Sundar, XIME, Bangalore.
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