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Updated: October 23, 2012 11:58 IST

Wealthy industries can now start institutes of their own

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AICTE chairman, S. S. Mantha
AICTE chairman, S. S. Mantha

The governing body for technical institutes, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has now decided to allow industries and businesses with a Rs. 100 crore turnover to set up technical institutions of their own.

The council has already received applications from companies such as BHEL, BSNL and Bharat Forge, and it expects the list to grow in the next few days.

Such institutions will be allowed to admit double the number of students allowed at regular institutions, and will be able to start a single branch or a theme institute of their choice, according to the AICTE’s notification inviting applications to start new institutes for the 2013-14 academic year.

The measure is an attempt is to bridge the gap between technical education institutes and the expectations of those who employ their graduates, said AICTE chairman S.S. Mantha. “The low employability of recruits has always been a concern. We are now asking companies to set up training centres, employ their own teachers and train students in the latest technologies,” he said.  

Many agri-based companies have also come forward to set up institutions. Such institutions can teach any technical discipline, including engineering, pharmacy, architecture and town planning, applied arts and crafts, and hotel management and catering technology. They can offer undergraduate or postgraduate or even diploma courses.

“Students in these centres can have access to a company’s infrastructure and will also learn to imbibe the best practices of the industry,” said Mr. Mantha.

He further explained that companies would be allowed to set up training centres only in the areas of their specialisation. For instance, BSNL will be able to train students on the telecom sector and then employ them.

The fee structure will be decided by the company and they might be allowed to take in around 600 students a year.

While most company heads have welcomed the move since it attempts to reduce training costs at their end and customise entry-level training as per their needs, heads of engineering institutions have a very different take on this.

Some experts say that with this measure, engineering colleges are now likely to face a lot of competition.

S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean (planning & development), Sastra University said, “India needs industry participation in the two extremes of the educational value chain – research and skill development, but certainly not at the middle level where engineering colleges are placed. Advanced economies encourage these two aspects. Contrary to this, AICTE's recent announcement will do more harm than good.”

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There is mushroom growth of engineering colleges in Tamilnadu and in other states in India. Education has become a profitable commercial venture. Many students passing out of the engineering colleges are not able to get good jobs. Many colleges lack proper infrastructural facilities. There is a strong fear of lack of growth in software sector. Time only will tell whether the permission to start technical institutions of their own by business houses will be fruit bearing or not.

from:  Nathan
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012 at 16:30 IST

India's education has been decimated by the leftist brigade since Independence. Their policies have ensured that lakhs of students go abroad spending anywhere between Rs. 20-Rs. 40 lakhs per annum. The annual drain of our foreign exchange alone is more than Rs. 20,000 crore per annum.It is time for a new broom to sweep this sector and set a new approach which will rejuvenate this country of experts. The above announcement is a step in the right direction. More needs to be done and sooner.

from:  shiv
Posted on: Oct 23, 2012 at 16:55 IST
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