Top IIT, NIT fac­ulty to men­tor en­gi­neer­ing col­leges

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - Aman­deep Shukla let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Fac­ulty from the coun­try’s best en­gi­neer­ing col­leges will work as men­tors with hun­dreds of en­gi­neer­ing col­leges across the coun­try that are lag­gards in terms of teach­ing tech­niques and cur­ricu­lum, and which do not have enough and high-qual­ity fac­ulty.

The plan is part of a push by All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (AICTE) to en­sure that at least half the pro­grammes of­fered by en­gi­neer­ing col­leges in the coun­try are ap­proved by the Na­tional Board of Ac­cred­i­ta­tion (NBA) be­fore 2022.

An anal­y­sis by AICTE re­vealed that hun­dreds of en­gi­neer­ing col­leges have been un­able to get their cour­ses ap­proved by NBA due to out­dated cur­ricu­lum, low em­pha­sis on learn­ing out­comes, and in­ad­e­quate and poor fac­ulty.

Un­der the men­tor­ship plan, 200 fac­ulty mem­bers from the best tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tions will be ap­pointed as ‘margdar­shaks’ for in­sti­tu­tions strug­gling to get ac­cred­i­ta­tions, a se­nior HRD min­istry of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“The men­tors will choose five to 10 in­sti­tu­tions which are within 500 km ra­dius of the nodal in­sti­tu­tion. They will try to help in­sti­tu­tions clear NBA ac­cred­i­ta­tion for at least two-thirds of the cour­ses... The aim is that each of th­ese men­tors en­sure that the in­sti­tu­tions men­tored by them re­ceive NBA ac­cred­i­ta­tion by 2022,” the of­fi­cial added.

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