Damodar Acharya, Chairman (since May 2005), All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), talks touch in his convocation address (another version) at the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi.
Substandard engineering colleges “cheating” students with poor infrastructure will be closed down soon ...
“Quality, not quantity, is the need…. We, at the All India Council of Technical Education, will replace regular (routine) inspection of institutes with surprise ones, so that colleges sleeping over students’ careers and cheating them are shut down. [...]
He made another stunning claim — that of the country’s 3 lakh technical degree holders, only 30 per cent were good enough to be given jobs. ...
The institutes must, from now on, disclose their infrastructure, faculty composition and laboratory facilities so that students can make an “informed” choice.
About time, wouldn't you say?
Why stop with just "infrastructure, faculty composition and laboratory facilities", Prof. Acharya? Don't you think students would like to know detailed statistics about how well the institution's students did in their university exams? How about placement record? How about faculty qualifications? How about the detailed break-up of fees (including the cost of transportation, library, and lunch)? How about information about where to complain if there are violations -- such as when the principal asks for bribes or (... gulp ...) capitation fees?
How about listing the kinds of penalties that would befall an institution that fails to live up to the 'high' standards demanded by AICTE? How about imposing these regulations on all colleges, irrespective of who owns them? How about empowering students and their parents by demanding that all this information should be available unconditionally, on the institution's website?
What other information would a student be interested in knowing about an institute before making an "informed" choice?