All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) officially announced the inclusion of seats this year in the total engineering courses of the varied colleges situated all over the state. The report confirmed a total of 4,145 seats approved for this academic year.
AICTE has given approval for 42 Engineering Colleges to increase the intake of the students which was 2,425 seats last year and now raised up to 6,570 seats in UG courses. On a full scale analysis of AICTE the educational body of Tamil Nadu has given a nod to 69 institutions for the increase in the seats. This includes diploma and postgraduate courses as well, aiming some escalation in the engineering concern in this academic year.
Pharmacy and Management courses are more preferred by Students at both UG and PG levels resulting from the career options available in these courses. Anyway there is no increase in number of seats for the diploma courses of pharmacy and management. The retaining of the previous year’s allocation of seats is also applicable for the Architecture, Hotel Management and Catering Technology courses in this year.
Private Educational Institutions Employees Association requested AICTE for a clear report in terms of quality of education in administration, Fee-structure implementation and the curriculum of varied subjects in the engineering courses. The Association implied that the news updates from AICTE are most of the times trivial and they demand a detailed instruction in the areas of practical concerns of the engineering institutions. Also it mentioned about the lack of communication for the teachers and students reporting or complaining about their own grievances and feedback. Apart from student and staff ratio, infrastructure and syllabus the AICTE has to develop a feedback mechanism to further raise the standards of the quality of the institutions.
The current situation for students and staffs to complain or register something to the whole body organization is to escalate the respective issue to Anna University or the Directorate of Technical Education.
More Transparency is expected from the council in fee-structure and educational quality especially taking the perspectives of the students and staff. It can lead to some positive impacts like complaining about the over-charging affiliated colleges and some unprofessional activities of some institutions.
According to the reports of Private Educational Institutions Employees Association the 2017 N.V. Balakrishnan Committee’s recommendation was nullified by the staff reduction in the institutions. So the primary operations in the concerns of faculty reduction and the reduction of the fee amount of the students has to be regulated and fixed. The maximum fee committed by the council is Rs 50, 000 after reducing the faculty intake up to 25%.