COIMBATORE: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which conducted surprise inspections at 40 private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, has found that 20 institutes lacked required infrastructure and faculty strength.
The All India Council for Technical Education has decided not to allow admissions in these 20 private engineering colleges for the current academic year, a source in the council told Express.
“During the current year’s approval process, the AICTE conducted surprise inspections at 40 private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. These colleges were chosen based on some specific complaints and also a court direction in a case of unapproved courses being offered by some institutions,” the source said.
Inspections were also carried out in some colleges where sanctioned intake was reduced during the previous year, the source added.
It should be noted that 50 per cent of the institutions where the All India Council for Technical Education conducted inspection in the last couple of weeks were found wanting in infrastructure and faculty strength. These 20 private engineering colleges are spread across the State.
Meanwhile, the AICTE source said that the council has given permission to seven new engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu from this academic year.
“Apart from these, many existing colleges have been given permission to increase the intake and start new branches of study,” the source added.
The AICTE carried out the approval process of engineering colleges after the Supreme Court reinstated its powers over these institutions.