Autonomous Affiliated Engineering Institutions

Recently many engineering colleges have applied for the Autonomous affiliation status from the university from the affiliation status. In the colleges affiliated to the universities all the process will be done according to the university guidelines. In the affiliated engineering colleges university will be responsible for all the processes including framing the syllabus to conducting semester examination for the registered candidates. In whole university will be supreme and the colleges have to run the programs specified by the university.

The scenario is bit different in case of autonomous affiliated engineering colleges. The autonomous affiliated engineering colleges will enjoy all the freedom except awarding the degrees. The degree will be awarded by the university based on the information provided by the colleges. The colleges having the autonomous status can start any course with any specialization depending on the possibility and availability of faculty in the college. The colleges having high intellectual pool can offer better courses in-order to cater the needs of industry and also can develop courses which are research oriented than the regular theoretical courses.

Some aspects of autonomous affiliated engineering colleges which have to be strictly monitored by the university

Framing of Syllabus and setting of Curriculum:
Framing of syllabus will be done forming a board of studies committee. Experts from various other universities will be invited and syllabus will be formed. In case the syllabus is not framed by the experts or without discussion there are chances that curriculum which is not useful in the present scenario can be set and entire process of autonomous may be shattered as it is the basic step in the autonomous.

Independent Examination Branch:
The examination has to be conducted by the colleges on its own. The setting of question papers will be done by the faculty who has taught the subject so there are chances that the question paper will be set only on whatever he or she has taught in the class. Even there are chances that in order to get cent percent result in subject faculty can given the questions to students before examination.

Over the last decade engineering colleges have become money making factories than providing education. To make money colleges can step into any path. Since all the processes will be under the control of colleges including the examination branch there are chances that the degree can be sold for money, making the student to write all the semester exams in a day or two of all semesters keeping the previous dates and recommending those students to university for the award of degree as there will be no proof regarding their registration to the course in the university which can result in producing fake graduates.

Intellectual Pool:
The private engineering colleges will not bother much about the salaries to its employees and no guidelines of AICTE or any other body will be followed. As a result many faculty members don’t like to stay in single place and change the colleges often. Over a period of time if good members are not available to teach or guide, the entire standard or quality of education provided by such institutions will come down drastically.

The concept of autonomous engineering colleges is good and new but how the colleges will make use of it is left to it and only the time can answer.

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