COIMBATORE: Fresh engineering graduates and those who do not have a post-graduate degree will not be permitted to teach in engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu from the coming academic year 2015-16.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Regulation of 2010 mandates that an assistant professor must possess a ME/MTech degree in the relevant branch with first class or equivalent either in under-graduation or post-graduation. However, due to paucity of postgraduates in technical education programmes, the AICTE had allowed engineering colleges to engage BE graduates as assistant professors till the current 2014-15 academic years. With the moratorium of qualifications set to expire, the Anna University has decided to insist that its affiliated engineering colleges employ only ME/MTech qualified persons as faculty members from 2015-16 onwards.
Anna University Vice Chancellor M Rajaram told Express: “We are acting as per the AICTE’s decision. Currently, only five to 10 per cent of teachers are under-graduates. Now enough post-graduates are available in engineering education.”
Agreeing, T D Eswaramoorthy, joint secretary of the Association of Management of Coimbatore Anna University Affiliated College, said, colleges find difficulty in getting post-graduates only in a few branches like Mechanical and Civil Engineering. “In other branches like IT, Computer Science, ECE and EEE, there are enough post-graduates,” he said.
Last year, the Anna University had initially issued notices to colleges that employed BE/BTech graduates as teachers but later on the university syndicate did not disturb the status quo as per the AICTE policy.
At present, 1,200 out of the 20,000 teaching faculty in Tamil Nadu’s engineering colleges are under-graduates, a university source said. “Next year while affiliating colleges we will not treat BE/BTech degree holders as faculty members,” he said.
Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University E Balagurusamy said, “If an under-graduate, who is also a rank holder, joins as faculty member he/she can excel in the profession. But the problem is that many those who do not get job in private companies or those who had arrears alone are coming to the teaching profession.”