`Students have to be cautious while enrolling at engg colleges`

Cautioning students to be careful while enrolling in private engineering colleges, Orissa government made it clear that it was not committed to safeguard students taking admission in institutions not having approval of AICTE.

Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 23:27 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Cautioning students to be
careful while enrolling in private engineering colleges, the
Orissa government on Wednesday made it clear that it was not
committed to safeguard students taking admission in
institutions not having approval of AICTE or affiliation from
the state`s industries department.
Admitting that the government was aware of some
private engineering colleges enrolling more students than
their authorised number of seats, Industries Minister
Raghunath Mohanty said in the assembly that the students have
to be cautious about it.

The minister said that the government had information
regarding some private engineering colleges opening `shift
class system` but this practice was not acceptable to
the state.

Replying to queries on the private engineering college
`menace` in Orissa, Mohanty made it clear the government could
not commit to protect the interest of students having taken
admission in private engineering institutions which neither
had standard AICTE approval or any affiliation from the
industries department.

Of the total 93 private engineering colleges, some did
not have quality faculty and infrstracture, the minister
observed adding the state had already set up a committee to
fix the capitation fee for students in the private colleges.
To another question, the minister said that some
colleges including two deemed universities were found to be
encroaching government land and the state government would
take appropriate legal steps against those institutions after
getting report from the district collectors.

Though the state already have six government
engineering colleges and 93 private engineering colleges,
Orissa required more such institutions in view of the rapid
industrialisation, the minister said.

PTI