AICTE: Don't downsize teaching faculty for 1:20 ratio

AICTE: Don't downsize teaching faculty for 1:20 ratio

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all engineering colleges and other technical institutes to not downsize their existing faculty to meet the mandatory teacher-student ratio of 1:20.

The technical education regulator, which recently revised its regulations to fix the teacher-student ratio at 1:20 as against the previous 1:15, issued a notification on Tuesday to clarify that the ratio can only be adjusted either in case of superannuation of the faculty or in case the faculty resigns “on their own.”

“Downsizing the teaching faculty due to the revision of faculty-student ratio norms will not be accepted in any case,” the council said.

This comes after a large number of faculty members of technical institutions, particularly those run by private entities, came against the new faculty-student ratio norm of the AICTE, apprehending their removal from their job by the institutions.

On behalf of the teaching, non-teaching and the students of private engineering colleges, the All India Private Employees Union founder KM Karthik a few months ago posted a petition on change.org website against the revised teacher faculty ratio norm of the AICTE,.soliciting for support from the people.

“This (revised) ratio is an open consent of the AICTE, by which about one lakh of qualified engineering professors (all of them are postgraduates in Engineering / Sciences and Humanities) working under the existing 1:15 ratio, shall be removed from their present employments in private/self financing engineering colleges all over India,” he claimed.

The AICTE clarified that it revised the faculty-student ratio from 1:15 to 1:20 “in the interest of students as well as the institutions.”

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