VTU to inspect colleges from Mar 12

The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will start inspecting the 202 engineering colleges affiliated to it.

From this year onwards, colleges will not approach the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for affiliation, but submit applications to the State university they are affiliated to. The university will forward the applications to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for final approval.

The VTU Vice-Chancellor, H Maheshappa, said the university would soon constitute 80 Local Inquiry Committees (LIC) to inspect colleges and grade them for affiliation. The committees will consist of subject experts, principals of engineering colleges, and members of the syndicate and the academic council.

“Once ready, the LIC reports will be submitted to the UGC for final approval. At present, colleges have been getting approval from the AICTE as well as the VTU,” he said.

University officials hope a single-body recommendation for affiliation would streamline the process and make it more rigorous.

A VTU official said on the condition of anonymity: “Colleges had scope for getting affiliations approved by the other body if one of the two bodies did not recommend it. From now on, the university will be able to strictly monitor the standards.”

The inspections by LICs will begin on March 12 in the Gulbarga region. After which, by March 20, committees will be sent to Belgaum, and later to colleges in Mysore and Bangalore regions. By April 10, all inspections are expected to be over.

Each committee will inspect four colleges. Big colleges will be inspected by a separate committee, the V-C added. 

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