Coming down heavily on self-financing colleges for offering poor quality education, the Kerala High Court on Wednesday observed that there is no scope for more engineering colleges in the state, as already there are 50,000 engineering seats.
The HC asked the state government to close down underperforming engineering colleges.
A Division Bench comprising Justices C N Ramachandran Nair and Babu Mathew P Joseph said that inadequacy was not in infrastructure facilities but in academics.
“Most of the colleges do not have sufficient qualified faculty members.
Large number of engineering colleges started by the the government under the control of the Institute of Human Resources Development have performed poorly in the past and there is no improvement seen in the results of the last three years.
“The quality of education offered in the 11 IHRD colleges under the Cochin University is so poor.
If these colleges can’t be improved, the government should close down them to prevent continuing disservice to the students,” the HC said.
The court said that the colleges which do not have at least 40 percentage success in the last three years should be ordered to be closed down.
“Performance of students in some branches are good, the students in certain other branches are faring very badly which reflect the poor faculty position.
So subject wise withdrawal of affiliation also should be considered,” the court observed.
The bench also observed that the managements have no interest in improving the standards of the colleges.