Wait for AICTE Order delays Engineering Admissions
The admission process for the engineering degree course in the state has been delayed as the government waits for the All India Council for Technical Education’s ( AICTE ) notification lowering the entry bar for the course from 50% to 45% marks in the Std XII physics, chemistry and mathematics ( PCM ) group.
A substantial number of students, who scored between 135 and 149 marks out of a total 300 marks in the PCM group for the exam held in March 2011, are now eligible for admission to the course. Earlier, the entry bar was 150 out of 300 marks in PCM.
The AICTE’s decision, however, came several days after the state directorate of technical education ( DTE ) set off the admission process on 21st June, 2011.
The process for submitting online applications and confirmation of the same at the application receipt centres ( ARCs ) got over on 2nd July, 2011.
The DTE was to announce separate provisional merit lists for the five autonomous and the larger group of non – autonomous engineering colleges at 5 pm on 4th July, 2011. It failed to do so.
Moreover, there was no clarity as to when the admission process would move further. “The DTE is yet to take a call on extending the date for submission of forms to accommodate the newly eligible students.
We haven’t got any instruction so far from the directorate,” an official at the College of Engineering Pune ( CoEP ) here told TOI on 4th July, 2011. “What we gather from DTE sources is that the process may get extended till 15th July 2011,” the official said.
Abhay Wagh, deputy secretary to the department of higher and technical education, who is coordinating with the AICTE on this matter, said, “The western regional centre of the council has sent its senior official to New Delhi to collect the notification in person. The official is expected to return to Mumbai late tonight.”
Wagh said, “We will issue the government resolution ( GR ) adopting the AICTE’s decision as soon as we receive the notification – 4th July, 2011 or 5th July, 2011 morning. The revised schedule for the admission process will also be declared.”
It may be noted that the DTE has declared over 1.14 lakh seats in 309 engineering colleges in the state – the figure is based on the final position at the end of admissions last year. More engineering seats are expected to be added this year as the AICTE has yet to declare new institutions, courses and change in student intake for 2011-12.
The cumulative effect of the council’s new approvals has to reflect in the institute information, which the DTE will post on its website to enable students fill their options.
Government Firm on refusing Second Shift in Engineering Colleges
The State government seems to be in no mood to permit second shift in engineering colleges and plans to fight the issue in court.
The All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) permitted ‘second shift’ in nearly 85 colleges this year despite strong objection from the State government and repeated requests not to do so in view of the huge number of engineering colleges.
With the government dilly-dallying on issuing the approval GOs, the managements approached the court.
The court directed the government not to deny permission after the AICTE permitted them to start second shift. However, officials say that the court directions also mention providing affiliation only if the colleges fulfil all the norms with regard to facilities.
And the government plans to use this point to deny permission. “We are waiting for the judgement copy and will take a decision after discussing it with the legal team,” said the APSCHE Chairman. P. Jayaprakash Rao.
The government has been objecting to the second shift proposal as it will no way help improve the quality of education.
The number of engineering seats has nearly touched three lakhs and where is the need for second shift when these colleges are unable to provide quality in the first shift itself is the argument.
Many of them have infrastructural constraints and shortage of qualified faculty. “Some colleges just want to exploit students with their popularity and proximity to city areas,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the government has issued affiliation orders to 604 engineering colleges out of the 673 that got permission. Among these are 39 new colleges.