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New norms for Engg. colleges

Staff Reporter

AICTE decision on minimum land requirements, other matters

HYDERABAD: In what has come as music for managements of engineering colleges, particularly in the rural areas, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has relaxed norms for engineering colleges in regard to minimum land requirement and for lateral entry of students to these colleges.

The announcement regarding the relaxation of these norms among others was posted on the AICTE website (www.aicte.ernet.in) on Wednesday.

Accordingly, engineering colleges, including both existing and new ones, which were expected to have 25 acres of land, can now get permission if they have at least 10 acres.

As for the lateral entry factor, the council has decided to do away with the ceiling of 10 per cent of the total intake. This means that engineering colleges can now admit polytechnic students directly into second year engineering courses, provided they have vacant seats.

The council has also decided to begin the process of surprise inspections immediately to verify the status of rectification of deficiencies reported by various institutions by way of appeals, compliance reports and also to consider increase in seats and additional courses for the year 2005-06 in case the deficiencies were eliminated.

According to Rajeshwar Reddy, vice president of the Andhra Pradesh Rural Engineering Colleges Management Association, the announcements were result of the association's representation on these issues to the AICTE Member-Secretary Anuradha Gupta recently. The association has welcomed the decision, which will augur well for both colleges and students, he said.

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