An all-India survey was conducted by AICTE-CII

Following the successful trend of last year, three colleges from Western region of Tamil Nadu bagged awards for best industry-institute links in the second all-India survey conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The survey was to “map best practices being followed by technical institutions in six streams, to recognise them and to create a benchmark of quality education in the country.” In addition to technical, management, pharmacy, and architecture institutions too were surveyed. Last year, there were overall awards instituted for the first three places. This year the awards were restricted only to the six streams.

Last year, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, bagged the first place, while Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, got the third place from among the 156 AICTE-approved engineering institutions in the country in the first survey launched in June. The second position went to College of Engineering, Pune.

This year, three engineering colleges from Western Tamil Nadu have won from among 660 that applied. Out of the 660, 147 were shortlisted, 37 were visited by the jury, and eight selected for the award. Even among the 37 colleges that were visited by the jury, a large number are from Tamil Nadu.

The process began in May 2013 by way of an online survey. The assessment was based on parameters such as faculty, placements, curriculum, research and consultation, infrastructure, and governance.

According to the AICTE, the parameters are designed to assess the extent the institutions succeed in providing demand-based industry-responsive education, equipped to produce talent to meet market requirements, and connected with their respective industry to gain inputs on future challenges in the market.

Says Naushad Forbes, Chairman of CII National Committee on Higher Education: “It has been our endeavour to coax the industry and academia to take little steps closer towards each other. I hope this survey will shed greater light every year on how far we have been able to progress in that.”

AICTE Chairman S.S. Mantha has said in the survey report that in just one year, the survey had set a new benchmark in the country.