Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has initiated steps to improve quality of education and basic infrastructure in private self-financing engineering colleges having a pass rate of below 40 per cent, Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said on Tuesday.
Rabb said this in the Assembly while making a statement under Rule 300 on the various steps taken by the government to improve the standard of private self-financing engineering colleges in the wake of a recent High Court`s direction to the government to take steps to close down the colleges that failed to perform.
"Closing down these colleges and rehabilitating the students in other colleges would lead to a lot of problems. So the government is of the view that the existing colleges should be allowed to function with stern measures to improve its standard," he said.
However, the government would have to take steps to close down the colleges if these institutions failed to improve its performance and quality even after these measures, he said.
The High Court in a recent order had severely criticised the performance of several self-financing colleges and said the pass rate was very less and many colleges lack basic facilities.
Rabb said all these colleges would have to take steps to improve their standard in the next three years.
In view of the court order, the government would instruct the universities not to promote students to sixth semester without passing the first and second semester, he said.
The universities should also take necessary steps to conduct supplementary examinations along with semester four and five examinations, he said.
A meeting of managements of self financing professional colleges would be called to discuss the issue. The matter would also be discussed with the vice-chancellors of universities concerned, he said.
The government-appointed Expert Committee to study the functioning of self financing colleges would be asked to submit a report on the basis of the High Court order, he said.
The government would also prepare a list and monitor those colleges where the pass rate was less than 30 per cent, the minister said.