The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued a warning to MBAs, engineering and other technical colleges and institutions in India to refrain from the practice of “sharing teachers” with other institutions located within the same main organization or outside it. AICTE has issued a warning to all approved institutions against this abuse as it limits the quality of education.
AICTE has issued a notice of this abuse and warned them that if convicted, colleges will lose their “Renewal of Approval” (EOA) on the courses they offer. The council noted that colleges will be subject to disciplinary action or revocation of permits if they acknowledge that they have adopted such practices.
There is a lack of clarity in the appointment of teachers, experts say. “For example, AICTE provides a teacher-student ratio of 1:20. It also says that colleges should have up to 25% support staff. The council has not yet clarified whether 25% of teachers are in the mandate.
This directly points to the fact that colleges could share their guest faculty, making the whole problem awesome software.
Former VTU Vice-Rector Professor W. Schridhar mentioned the possibility that autonomous colleges could appoint guest lecturers as full-time lecturers. Guest faculties are expected to serve as faculty members for a period of time during the academic year.
They are highly specialized and are usually invited to teach in colleges without assistance, offering a wide range of subjects. According to AICTE rules, these guest lecturers may be general. However, the downside is that many non-autonomous colleges appoint them as regular teachers to maintain a 1:20 ratio. If the invited faculty works elsewhere, it receives a message to the AICTE.
Another reason pointed out by Professor Schridhar for the dilemma of making the invited faculty permanent is the cost reduction. “While a professor appointed according to the AICTE pay scale receives a salary of more than 1 lakh rupees, a visiting lecturer receives only 25,000 rupees.”