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Legislature panel seeks report on engineering colleges

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Panel appalled by poor facilities and inadequate teaching faculty in the colleges

Lack of student-teacher ratio as prescribed by the AICTE observed


HYDERABAD: A Committee of the Legislature has directed Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) to prepare a comprehensive report on the standard of engineering colleges in the State.

The Subordinate Legislative Committee headed by MLC Paladugu Venkata Rao at a meeting here on Friday expressed serious concern over the proliferation of engineering colleges. The panel, which visited some engineering colleges reportedly, was appalled by the poor facilities and the inadequate teaching faculty.

Business ventures

Briefing newsmen here, Mr. Venkata Rao along with other members – K.R. Amos, K. Nageswar and V. Jogeswara Rao -- said many of these institutions had been set up as business ventures to make quick money.

The chairman said glaring lacunae noticed by the panel was the lack of student-teacher ratio as prescribed by the AICTE. The teaching faculty was found to be lacking the requisite qualifications and in some instances, fresh engineering graduates were roped in for teaching.

Of the 640-odd engineering colleges, very few were adhering to the prescribed norms. Prof. Nageswar said the regulatory system was not effective and only a comprehensive study on the standards would bring out the true picture.

The committee also expressed serious concern over the pass percentage in engineering colleges.

It was just 58 per cent in JNTU. The results of first year were alarming and the admissions would have gone down but for the scheme for fee reimbursement. The panel intends to tour different parts of the State.

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