Ending the confusion on the fate of engineering colleges, higher education minister Kadiam Srihari told reporters here on Saturday that the JNTU would constitute teams and inspect engineering colleges for the fourth time in May. “Irrespective of cancellation of affiliation of any college, the students who got admission will be protected,” Srihari said.
The minister said that there were 288 private engineering colleges with an intake of 1,63,570 students and 17 government engineering colleges with an intake of 3,032 students.
He said that round two lakh MPC students were appearing for final year Intermediate examination every year. Out of which around 1.2 lakh students were qualifying. But, around 90,000 to 95,000 students were appearing for Eamcet and all of them were qualifying.
He said that there were a total 1.66 lakh engineering seats in the state and only 95,000 students were qualifying. “Around 50 per cent seats were lying vacant,” Srihari said.
“The state government has decided to improve the standards in engineering colleges and decided to inspect the colleges once again,” he added.
Though, the High Court made it clear that giving affiliation to colleges was the discretion of the university, some colleges challenged in the court again stating that the government inspected 163 colleges and left the remaining 125 colleges.
“Now, the government inspected those colleges also and placed the inspection reports of 288 colleges in the website. The managements were given 45 days time for raising their objections and providing facilities in colleges,” Srihari said. JNTU teams will inspect the colleges in May and renewal or cancellation of affiliation of colleges would be decided then, Srihari said.
He said that the state government had information that the AICTE renewed the recognition to 163 colleges. “However, AICTE recognition has nothing to do with the affiliation given by the University. We will go by our inspection reports,” Srihari made it clear.He said cancellation of affiliation was not due to the fee reimbursement scheme. “Fee reimbursement will be made to students and not for colleges,” Srihari said.Asked about cancelling Eamcet, Srihari “We will think about it from the next academic year.”
Source: The New Indian Express