Amid the present disaster amongst engineering faculties together with poor admissions, Anna College vice-chancellor M Okay Surappa in an interview to TOI speaks on the explanations and the best way ahead. Excerpts
Greater than 15% of technical establishments shut previously three years in TN. What’s the major cause for this?
The closure of engineering establishments is going on not solely in Tamil Nadu, however throughout the nation due to poor admissions.
What are the explanations for the dip in admissions previously few years?
It’s as a result of faculties have been admitting too many college students in engineering programmes and producing too many engineering graduates past the wants of the society and carrying capability of the nation. The standard of engineering training supplied in lots of faculties is unhealthy because of poor infrastructure and lack of school members. Apart from providers sector, manufacturing and development usually are not doing nicely.
What do engineering faculties within the state lack?
From my expertise at Anna College, many faculties lack good school. Up to now, faculties have proven the identical school members in numerous faculties, library books have been borrowed and immediate libraries arrange for inspection. Schools should acquire the respect of affiliating our bodies like college and AICTE, not suspicion.
You introduced in consultants from IIT, NIT and IISc to examine engineering faculties. Has it improved high quality?
School members from these establishments have seen higher techniques and infrastructure. They have been in a position to carry higher benchmarks whereas inspecting faculties. It has definitely helped in enhancing requirements.
TN nonetheless has the very best variety of engineering faculties within the nation. What does the longer term maintain?
We have to make sure the survival and relevance of engineering faculties which have already began. They need to reconfigure themselves in the direction of rising applied sciences to remain related. Engineering faculties should adapt to offer diplomas and certificates programmes to talent college students in rising areas slightly than struggling and producing poor high quality engineers.
Non-public faculties and deemed universities search particular assist for Covid-19. What’s your view?
If a great instructional establishment is struggling due to this drawback, I believe the federal government ought to assist.