Pay salaries of faculty on time or face punitive action, AICTE to colleges

Pay salaries of faculty on time or face punitive action, AICTE to colleges

Technical institutes may land in trouble and even lose their recognition if they do not pay prescribed salary to their faculty regularly and on time for more than 12 months.

Admitting students more than the approved intake will also cost very dear to the institutes offering engineering, management and other technical programmes, with the All India Council for Technical Institute (AICTE) bringing in provisions for slapping a hefty fine on the institutes in such cases.

Each student in such institutions will have to shell out five times the total fee collected against each excess admission, the revised regulations of the AICTE, notified earlier this month, provides.

The technical education regulator will also no more struggle with the institutions in seeking their approval for physical verification of infrastructure and facilities by an  expert committee of the council.

In the revised regulations, the council has introduced a provision for taking punitive action against institutions which either refuse to allow AICTE from sending its expert teams for physical verification of their infrastructural facilities or keep putting off the date and schedule of such inspection.

The council can either ban such institutions from admitting any new student for one academic year or withdraw approval in the worst case.

"Institutions not adhering to pay scales and/or qualifications prescribed for faculty for more than 12 months and not maintaining prescribed faculty-student ratio shall be liable to any one or more of the punitive actions by the council which include suspension of approval for NRI (non-resident Indian) and supernumerary seats and reduction in sanctioned intake," the AICTE (Grant of Approvals for the Technical Institutions) (1st Amendment) Regulations, 2017 stipulates.

As per AICTE rules,  a technical institute has to keep faculty-student ration at 1:15 for undergraduate programmes in engineering and technology (BE/BTech), pharmacy, and management; 1:12 for postgraduate programmes in technical education or M Tech; and 1:10 for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in architecture.

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