The indiscriminate approvals given by the All India Council for Technical Education for additional intake in pharmacy colleges across the state has been challenged by the Pharmacy Council of India, and students are thus worried about the validity of their degrees.
AICTE has doubled the seats in a majority of pharmacy colleges from 60 to 120. It then increased the intake in some of the pharmacy colleges from 60 to 180, in violation of the norms prescribed by the PCI, the regulator of pharmacy education in the country. The total pharmacy seats in the state shot up to 36,000 this year as compared to 12,000 seats last year.
The PCI has objected strongly to the indiscriminate approval given by AICTE and made it clear that it will not grant recognition to more than 100 seats in a particular college. Students are worried that in the absence of PCI recognition, their pharmacy degrees may not be valid.
The PCI has even filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the orders of AICTE increasing the intake and against the state government for approving the same and including those additional seats in the recent Eamcet counselling.
“As per PCI norms, the maximum intake that can be allowed in a pharmacy college is 100 seats, that too if the college is in operation for four years and fulfills all the norms pertaining to faculty and infrastructure as per Section-XII of the Pharmacy Council of India Act.
Strangely, AICTE has approved additional intake in all the colleges. This will have adverse impact on the quality of pharmacy education,” said Prof B. Suresh, president, PCI.
He said PCI’s petition in this matter is pending before the Supreme Court and the council has also taken up the issue with the state government, asking it not to give its approval for the additional intake granted by AICTE and to direct the respective universities not to ratify the admissions exceeding 100 in any college.
Source : DC
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Hyderabad, Nov 02 : A.P. has 721 engg. colleges with 12.73 p.c. employment, while Jharkhand has 17 colleges with 39.63 p.c. employment. Just 12.73 per cent of engineering students of the State get employed in IT services and 1.24 per cent in the IT product services compared to 39.63 per cent and 14.32 per cent respectively in a ‘backward’ state like Jharkhand.
Andhra Pradesh has 721 engineering colleges while Jharkhand has just 17 colleges. The figures might look startling but the states with large number of colleges suffer with low employable quality of candidates while small states with very few engineering colleges produce better engineers, according to a study by Aspiring Minds, a leading employability measurement company.
The research assumes importance in the wake of all the States asking the AICTE not to permit more engineering colleges. Bigger states like Tamil Nadu and Maharasthra face a similar problem. In Tamil Nadu employability in IT services is just 8.33 per cent for its 595 colleges and in Maharashtra it is 14.28 per cent for its 469 colleges.
In comparison Delhi has 35 colleges while 39.76 per cent of candidates are employable in IT services while Himachal Pradesh has 21 colleges with 39.88 per cent candidates employable. The research is based on employability scores of over three lakh students. Tamil Nadu with more than 550 engineering schools has only one in every 12 engineers employable for an IT services company, while states like Rajasthan and Punjab with colleges between 100 and 200 have one in every five engineers employable.
In Bihar and Jharkhand one in every three engineers are employable and they have only 35 colleges. The study concludes that candidates with no bent of mind for engineering studies are joining just because of the availability of seats thus lowering the value of engineers.
“These findings clearly point out that opening more number of colleges is not the solution but improving skills. In fact, more colleges are creating a higher percent of unemployable engineers leading to social risks of frustration among ‘qualified’ engineers,” feels Himanshu Aggarwal, Co-Founder and Director of Aspiring Minds. “Research last year had pointed out that only four per cent engineers are employable in IT product and 18 per cent in IT services.”
TN with more than 550 engg. colleges has one in every 12 engineers employable in IT services. Rajasthan, Punjab with colleges between 100 and 200 have one in every 5 engineers employable
Source : The Hindu