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CBI arrests city education baron

The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here arrested A Balasubramanian, president of Sri Balaji Society  which runs a chain of management, law and degree institutions on charges of cheating the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for securing its approval to the society’s four management institutes.

Three AICTE officials are also under investigation for allegedly helping Balasubramanian secure the council’s approval despite “deficiencies” found by the CBI after an on-site inspection of the society’s academic complex at Tathawade on the Katraj-Dehu road expressway bypass.

CBI’s superintendent of police (ACB) Vidya Kulkarni told reporters that the “deficiencies” found at the Tathawade campus mainly relate to infrastructure not being in proportion to the number of institutions and courses offered by the society. “This included the land, the built-up area, essential facilities like computer labs and library, and even the number of students that are required to be maintained as per the norms,” she said. Read More>>

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CBI raids expose why technical education is sub-standard

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The unholy nexus between owners of self-financing engineering colleges and officials of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is in the spotlight in Tamil Nadu.

Sleuths of the anti-corruption wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided the campuses of four private engineering colleges, including two in Chennai, based on information that these colleges had obtained the AICTE’s approval after allegedly bribing officials. Incidentally, three of the four colleges had earlier come under the adverse scrutiny of the Anna University (Chennai), to which they are affiliated, after inspection teams found not just serious infrastructural inadequacies, but also noted that school teachers were masquerading as qualified technical education teachers!

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Medical, agri-education kept outside NCHER ambit

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In a bid to avoid a turf war, the HRD ministry has decided to keep agriculture and medical education outside the scope of the proposed  National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). On Monday, the Central Advisory Board of Education (Cabe) approved the proposal for NCHER. It also approved the setting up of a collegium of eminent academics and experts under NCHER to suggest candidates for the post of vice-chancellor of universities and other top academic and research posts.

While agriculture is a state subject, the ministry of health had expressed its reservations about subsuming of the Medical Council of India into the overarching regulatory body for higher education to the Cabinet Secretary. The health ministry’s objections got stronger after President Pratibha Patil announced that a National Council for Human Resources in Health would be set up as an overarching regulatory body for the health sector to reform the current regulatory framework and enhance supply of skilled personnel. With the six medical councils out of the purview of the proposed body, NCHER will now incorporate regulatory bodies like AICTE, NCTE, UGC and Distance Education Council into its fold.

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17 technical colleges under CBI scanner

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Close to 17 colleges in Gujarat have come under the scanner of CBI and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) due to alleged irregularities in their recognition.

The CBI, Gandhinagar, along with AICTE officials raided two colleges in Rajkot on Wednesday in connection with the alleged bribery case involving AICTE chairman.

According to highly-placed sources in AICTE, of the 35 colleges indicted by the CBI in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, 17 are in Gujarat alone. These include seven in pharmacy, eight in MBA and two in engineering.

“The Gujarat-based colleges under scanner are those from the 22 self-financed engineering colleges, 15 MBA colleges and 14 pharmacy colleges that started this year,” said a AICTE source.

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SC lets tech colleges add new seats, courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for adding more seats and introducing new courses in engineering and technical colleges in Maharashra.

A bench of Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Satasivam allowed a special leave petition filed by Indira College of Engineering, Pune, against a 2008 full bench judgment of the Bombay high court. The HC had also held that All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regulations provided that if it granted approval to additional intake capacity or new courses before June 30, then only the directive would hold good for the current year. The development in the apex court will now ensure that technical institutions in Maharashtra will not have to wait for the next year and will be able to add new seats from this academic year.

When about 10 professional colleges were seeking additional seats this year, the AICTE–the regulator of technical and business education of India–said it could not grant them the permission after June 15 since the full bench judgment of the Bombay HC had set that date as a cut-off for granting approval.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, along with advocate Hitesh Jain, representing the college in the SC said the HC order was contrary to the AICTE rules as well as to an earlier order of the SC.

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Agenda For Reforms 2.0

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The education sector in India is in ferment, hit by a storm long waiting to happen. The butterfly that flapped its wings and triggered a cyclone, to borrow a metaphor from chaos theory, was Nasscom’s much-reiterated statement that hardly a fourth of graduating engineers, and an even smaller percentage of other graduates, was of employable quality for IT-BPO jobs. Similar views echoed by other sectors have led to widespread debate. Increased industry-academia interaction, ”finishing schools”, and other efforts were initiated as immediate measures to bridge skill deficits. Some, however, felt that these are but band-aid solutions; instead, radical systemic reform is necessary.

The National Knowledge Commission, though a government-appointed body, has drawn criticism from the establishment for recommending structural changes in the educational system. Suggestions by this writer for creating, on a limited-experiment basis, special education zones with minimal regulation and permitting for-profit corporate educational institutes drew considerable interest, but even greater flak. Now, the Yash Pal committee has made some radical suggestions, including the replacement of UGC, AICTE and other regulatory bodies by a single one: the Higher Education and Research Council. The opposition to this might be greatly muted by the strong support already indicated by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, and equally by the public exposure through CBI raids and action of long-known corruption in AICTE.

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Ripe for reform

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The CBI investigation into charges of corruption against top AICTE officials has now resulted in the suspension of its chairman, who was refusing to step down or proceed on leave despite the investigation against him.

But the biggest question about the All India Council for Technical Education is not to do with its personnel, it is simply: do we need the AICTE at all?

The AICTE Act (1987) mandates the council to properly plan and coordinate the development of technical education in India and qualitatively improve such education. But, working by a punitive mechanism, both the AICTE and the UGC have in effect turned their regulatory role into one of merely approving or rejecting institutes, fixing input costs like salaries and fees and physical infrastructure, as well as syllabi. The CBI investigation into the AICTE has exposed the regulator’s potential for perverting this mechanism for the benefit of individuals. For many, the AICTE had become synonymous with charges of red tapism. The regulator’s handling of the CFA controversy in 2007 was an eye-opener for many. Nor is AICTE accreditation any guarantee of a programme’s quality. Several

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