Pune: Ever since All India Council Technical Education (AICTE) had introduced new faculty-students ratio of 1:20 in December, over a lakh of professors, feared termination, while a few colleges have also cut down on their staff without giving specific reason. However, AICTE has been repeatedly issuing notices calling upon college managements not to retrench staff.
AICTE had revised the faculty-student ratio from 1:15 to 1:20, stating it will be in the interest of students as well as institutions.
Yet again, AICTE has warned colleges if any case of retrenchment of staff is reported then the higher authority will take strict action against the respective college.
As many as hundreds of professors across Maharashtra have had to face the wrath of staff termination in the last seven months. All India Private College Employees Union (AIPCEU) has also been rigorously appealing to AICTE to reverse the faculty-student ratio to 1:15.
The regulatory body clarified “it has come to the notice of AICTE that retrenchment of staff is being affected due to change of norms relating to faculty-student ratio and there is a panic amongst teachers and staff in the institutions. This has been viewed very seriously by the AICTE and this would also be considered a violation of norms. In case any information regarding retrenchment of staff from the institutions without any valid reason comes to the notice of AICTE, a stern action will be taken against these institutions.”
On July 11, AICTE issued a public notice which clearly mentioned that “downsizing the teaching faculty due to the revision of faculty-student ratio norms will not be accepted in any case.” The ratio can only be adjusted on superannuation of faculty or resignation on their own.
KM Karthik, Founder of AIPCEU said, “AICTE is a body with nominated officials, who find refusing the demands of the private colleges difficult. Changing the ratios to 1:20 clearly shows AICTE’s inability to control self-financing colleges. The nominated officials of AICTE are incapable of withdrawing the ratios and hence all engineering teachers will go to the Supreme Court.”