PUNE: All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has recognised 30 colleges from across the country under its category of ‘Best Practices in AICTE approved colleges’ for making initiatives in best practices in education. Out of these, eight colleges are from Maharashtra and four from Pune.
The colleges from Pune are AISSMS, Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Vidya Prathisthan Polytechnic College, Indapur, and College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP). Other colleges in Maharashtra are Walchand Institute of Technology, Solapur, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, DKTES Textile and Engineering Institute, Kolhapur, and Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga.
“For the first time, we have uploaded the report of these colleges on our website. Institutes can still send their reports about best practices to the council, which will be reflected online. Then accordingly, the list of colleges will be expanded,” said AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe.
In the first phase, around 300 colleges had sent their reports to AICTE. Of these, only 50 were selected and 30 were awarded.
This initiative is aimed at motivating other institutions in the country, who could follow these best practices and ensure quality education to the students.
“AIT has received the award for its alternative and unique approaches to make their campus green and sustainable in every way. AIT is currently providing solar street lights and has converted all lights to LED lights. It also has 325 KVA solar power generating system, which helps in producing around 40-45 per cent of electricity needs of the institute,” said Brig Abhay Bhat, Director of AIT.
AISSMS’ motto is that when staff and students are motivated to work at higher levels of their skills and abilities, the institute as a whole runs more efficiently and is more effective at achieving its objectives and goals. Hence, the institute rewards its staff and students whenever they help the institute in achieving one of their objectives and goals.
CoEP has received the award for its prevalent best academic practices like inclusion of MOOCs, liberal learning courses, industry internships, mini projects in the curriculum with due credits and many more.