AICTE to take action against colleges flouting student-faculty ratio

A professor at Azim Premji University, in Bangalore, India, lectures to a classroom full of students.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will take action against all the engineering colleges that are not maintaining the prescribed student-faculty ratio.

“Colleges not maintaining prescribed faculty-student ratio shall be liable to punitive actions including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats and reduction in approved intake,” a senior AICTE official said.

“Penal action can also be initiated against technical institutions for not disbursing the salary of the faculty and other staffers regularly and not adhering to timings for the colleges that operate in two shifts.

“Besides these, non-adherence to prescribed pay scales or qualifications prescribed for teaching staff for more than 12 months will also attract penalty,” the official added.

The council will also cross check the pay scales and qualification of faculties and if any discrepancy then it may lead to the suspension of admission process or reduction in intake in technical institutions, reported Hindustan Times.

The AICTE has approved new norms to grant approvals to the technical institutions in a recent meeting. According to the guidelines, suspension of admission in the respective course for one academic year and withdrawing approval of the course or of the institution altogether are the possible actions for the defaulting institutions.

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