Kerala: 37 low performing engineering colleges under lens

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The academic council of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (Kerala Technological University-KTU) has decided to seek explanation from the managements of 37 engineering colleges under it, which failed to excel in the academic auditing.

The KTU academic council, which met here on Monday, also decided to send a team headed by the vice-chancellor to 10 colleges, which fared very poorly, to examine the existing infrastructure facilities. It also recommended the university syndicate to review the affiliation of these colleges if they fail to rectify the shortcomings.

The syndicate will consider the academic council’s recommendations in a meeting to be held later this week.

Another major recommendation was to place strict clauses for approval of new courses in engineering colleges. For considering fresh applications, the college must have NBA accreditation at least for one course, while for MTech course a college must have accreditation for the corresponding BTech course.

‘Stricter clauses for new courses’

Besides, colleges which apply for new courses should have a minimum average of 50% student admission to existing seats over the last three years. The college should also have secured a minimum 50% pass. Approval will be given only for courses which have industrial significance and job potential, and colleges should submit a no objection certificate issued by the state government along with the application for the AICTE approval.

Meanwhile, a four-member academic subcommittee headed by the pro-vice-chancellor was formed for inclusion of new subjects of industrial importance in all courses. It was also decided to include industry and technology experts in the curriculum committees entrusted with syllabus upgradation.

‘Restructure academic auditing’

The academic council, which directed to modernize the academic auditing on the model of NBA accreditation, noted that currently only around 30 out of the 142 affiliated colleges have NBA accreditation. The recommendation is to restructure the academic auditing so that all the colleges could secure the accreditation.

The academic council also decided to establish a review system which can provide students a last chance for reviewing the marks they are allotted after revaluation.

Rescheduled Exam

The university will conduct the third semester B Tech (computer science) exam on switching theory and logic design on January 18. The exam held on December 31 was cancelled due to a mess up of question papers.

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