The All India Council for Technical Education has issued show cause notice to over 70 private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu on grounds of various deficiencies, including lack of infrastructure and inadequate faculty members.
These deficiencies came to light when the Council conducted random inspections at private engineering colleges in the state in early May. The random inspection was part of its efforts to improve the quality of technical education. Tamil Nadu has over 500 private engineering colleges as on date.
The highest regulatory body for technical education in the country has send show cause notice to colleges with deficiencies in May-end asking them to reply to the Council. Colleges have begun replying to the council in the first week of June.
“About four colleges in the State were facing serious deficiencies and they could face severe action. The decision is pending with the AICTE authorities in New Delhi,” said an AICTE source.
Confirming this, KP Issac, Member Secretary of AICTE, said the council has conducted random inspections at many private engineering colleges across the country and show cause notices were sent to college that had deficiencies. “These colleges were given time to appear before the council and give a reply on why action should not be initiated against them. We will be taking action on colleges depending up on the level of deficiencies. The extension of approval will not be given to colleges that are having serious deficiencies,” Issac added.
About granting permission to new engineering colleges, he said, “The AICTE has given approval to over 200 applicants across the country to set up new engineering colleges from this academic year.”