Engineering schools seek to meet the 1:15 teacher-student ratio

Considering a specific communication from the All India Council for Technical Education on the calendar for the 2022-23 academic session, engineering colleges are apparently struggling to have enough teachers to meet the mandatory teacher-student ratio of 1:15.

There have been instances of layoffs during the pandemic-caused lockdown, and in very many cases, fifty percent payment for conducting online classes.

A recent circular issued by AICTE states that courses can be started in online/offline mode (classroom) or in mixed mode (online as well as offline) following the prescribed protocols/guidelines related to epidemics.

October 10 has been set as the start date for the induction program for freshmen. Last year, the freshman onboarding program took place on November 15, and institutions were instructed to start their courses for first-year technical students no later than November 30.

“Having a critical mass of faculty is a key factor in gaining accreditation from the National Accreditation Board. While facilities and laboratory infrastructure are considered, the quality of faculty is considered of utmost importance We can’t take risks,” said an official from a management engineering college in Tiruchi district.

There are indications that teachers will be given specific goals for admissions next year. Incentives for teachers will most likely depend on enrollment numbers, according to one harassed teacher.

The general target is first-generation graduates for whom the state government offers a tuition reduction. The government is also offering 7.5% seats on a preferential basis to public school students in engineering colleges, as well as waiving course fees, accommodation fees, and transportation costs. For this, the government had sanctioned a sum of ₹74.28 crore for the expenses of the 2021-22 academic year.

A total of 7,876 public school students were admitted to engineering colleges. Among them, 161 public school students had gained admission into Anna University departments with an internal allocation of 7.5%.

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