The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has recently laid out some new rules for giving approvals to technical institutions. As per the direction, the admission process may be stopped and technical institutions may lessen the intake of students if they do not follow the pay scales norms for teachers and student-faculty ratio.
How many AICTE approved colleges are there currently?
Currently, there are around 3,000 AICTE registered engineering institutes.
Protest by teaching staff
Teaching staff at DU, the JNU and the AMU are already on protest against the non-adherence to salary norms and have been demanding that recommendations of UGC's seventh pay review committee be made public.
Suspension of approval
According to a PTI report, a senior AICTE official said, "Institutions not adhering to pay scales or qualifications prescribed for teaching staff for more than 12 months and not maintaining prescribed faculty-student ratio shall be liable to punitive actions including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats and reduction in approved intake.''
The council may also decide to suspend admission in the respective courses for one academic year and withdraw approval of the course or of the institution altogether, he said.
Penalty for institutions
AICTE may also issue a penalty 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.
The official also announced that the second shift has to be run as per the declared timing -- from 1 pm to 9 pm -- with 50 per cent additional faculty, which would be subject to a surprise inspection. "Any violation of timing and of a number of faculty members may lead to the closure of the course."