Engineering high costs keep poor students away: AICTE chairman


Why are a large number of seats vacant in engineering colleges? The reason is not the poor quality of education in some institutes but also the high fees charged that “prevents poor students from taking admission,” Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).


The AICTE, a regulatory body for technical institution, is now looking to reduce the cost of higher education in engineering colleges across the country to make it accessible to poor students.

Throwing light on the changes being introduced by the government for engineering colleges, Prof Sahasrabudhe said engineering students will:

— undergo yoga sessions in morning

— join group discussions in the afternoon

— have fun and recreation the evening

Students will follow this new schedule for three weeks after admission in engineering colleges, as a part of their induction programme, he elaborated.


AICTE chairman also said, “Many a time students come from different regions. They speak different languages. And when teachers start teaching them in English, they find themselves at a loss. To help students strike a rapport with teachers, AICTE has decided to start this induction course.”

Prof Sahasrabudhe also said that the youngsters would be encouraged to mingle with each other. “Teachers will also be involved so that they may get to know the students better,” he added.

“Instead of heading straight to the class after taking admission, the new entrants will be encouraged to mingle with each other. Teachers will also be involved so that they may also know the students better,” he said.

Likewise, newly recruited teachers will only be confirmed in their jobs after they compulsorily complete six months’ faculty training programme.

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