`500 engineering colleges in AP have to be shut down`

Atleast 500 out of the 692 engineering colleges in AP will have to be shut down as they do not meet the stipulated norms, particularly of a qualified faculty, state`s technical education department officials have said.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 14:12 PM IST

Hyderabad: Atleast 500 out of the 692
engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh will have to be shut
down as they do not meet the stipulated norms, particularly of
a qualified faculty, state`s technical education department
officials have said.

The issue came to light at a recent conference of Vice
Chancellors, held on September 21.

"We have about 500 engineering colleges in the state
which do not fulfil this mandatory requirement
(infrastructure, faculty) though they may be having good
buildings. All such colleges should be closed down," state
Council of Higher Education Secretary, Christopher said

People are happy about the mushrooming growth of
engineering colleges in the state but are not concerned about
the lack of quality in education, he said.

Governor E S L Narasimhan, in his capacity as
Chancellor of the universities in the state, immediately
directed that "a committee be constituted to look into the
lapses and make the management fall in line."

Chief Minister K Rosaiah was also apprised of the
situation, who at once directed the authorities concerned to
"act tough" and ensure that the college managements strictly
complied with the set norms.

Accordingly, the state government constituted a
committee, headed by Technical Education Commissioner K
Lakshminarayana, to inspect the availability of infrastructure
and faculty in the engineering colleges.

PTI