At a time when the Kerala High Court proposes to close down the non-performing self-financing colleges in the state, the expert committee has submitted a list of 21 self-financing colleges lacking basic facilities.
As per the report, there are 14 colleges under Kerala University, six under Calicut University and one under Kannur University. The eight-member panel submitted the report before a bench comprising Justice C N Ramachandran Nair and Justice Babu Mathew P Joseph. According to the report, 34 colleges in the state fall under the average category, while five colleges are under the satisfactory category and 21 under the best performing category of colleges.
The committee had also assessed the educational quality, pass percentage and faculty facilities. The committee had found that there was a shortage of qualified teachers in engineering colleges. The number of seats in the colleges is more than the number of students qualified for admission. Those without engineering qualification are taking classes for B Tech in some of the engineering colleges in the state, the committee reported.
It has also been found that some teachers in aided colleges work in self-financing colleges without getting the permission or sanction for deputation from the state government. The panel examined 85 self-financing colleges in the state. The committee had also said that there was a shortage of teachers in the level of associate professor.