India will not see a new engineering school until 2024, said All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe.
For its teacher training program, AICTE’s name has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, making it the first organization in the country to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time. consecutive.
Dr Sahasrabudhe shared some key contributions during an interview with IANS. Excerpts from the interview:
Q: When will the new engineering schools open in the country?
A: At this time, no new engineering school is required. Thus, no new engineering school will be open before 2024.
The expert committee, in its interim recommendation, suggested that no new engineering school should be opened for two years. In fact, there is no need to open colleges … And the committee recommended only that.
Q: Why are the new engineering schools not necessary? What is the status of existing colleges?
A: To date, over 50 percent of college seats are vacant, which means resources are not being fully utilized. That is why it is not fair to invest in new engineering schools.
In view of the current situation, it can be said that, among the existing colleges, only half of them are needed. Even if the existing engineering schools are halved, students will be admitted.
Q: What is the problem when more places are available?
A: Having more places than necessary means that the income generated by student fees will be less. This will also have an impact on the resources of the institution, which will affect the appointment of professors.
With less income, teachers with less capacity will have to be appointed so that they can work for a low salary and this will finally have an impact on the level of education …
Taking note of all this, the committee of experts advised not to open new engineering schools before 2024.
However, there may be exceptions to this, which should be seen.
Q: According to the new education policy, there is a provision to provide technical education from school level, what is AICTE doing in this regard?
A: We provide vocational education for children from the 6th grade. It will be implemented on a large scale. The curriculum has been developed and teachers are receiving training.
By virtue of this, in the school itself, students will learn ambitious courses like artificial intelligence with computers.
At the same time, training will be provided for skills in agriculture, forestry, water, manual labor, among others.
Q: The name of AICTE was entered in the Guinness Book of Records for what kind of efforts?
A: The AICTE name has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for our teacher training program, Atal Academy. The faculty members who work there are constantly working to improve the skills of teachers.
During Atal training, teachers must study, prepare assignments and pass with flying colors, a position they are awarded with the certificate.
Also during the corona period, more than 1.5 lakh of teachers were trained in one year and that is the reason why our name was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Q: What steps are taken to firmly implement the New Education Policy (NEP) in the country?
A: PEN is implemented at several levels.
The implementation of the policy is continuously and vigorously monitored as various universities have been asked to implement choice-based credits.
Universities have been urged to adopt the policy at their academic council meeting.
Very soon, the policy will be implemented in all universities in the country, under which children will have the freedom to study the subjects of their choice.
If a student in an engineering school is interested in music, the university will hire a music teacher to train him … This is the choice-based credit system.
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