Haryana for mandatory state NOC for new tech institutes

With nearly 50 per cent of the seats remaining vacant in the technical institutes, the Haryana government now wants to make it mandatory for those interested in setting up new institutes to get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the state.

It has already written to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in this regard. So far, it was the AICTE's sole discretion to allow new colleges and institutions in the state.

The total intake of students in nearly 170 technical institutions this year was 68,513 compared to lst year's 76,685. The state has the sanctioned strength of 1,29,461, nearly 3,000 more than last year's 1,26,451. Sources said that the intake figure has never been more than 50 per cent of the sanctioned strength.

Now, Haryana has urged the Union Ministry of Human Resources not to sanction any new institution without a no objection certificate from the state government. In a letter to the AICTE, it has attributed the vacant seats to decreasing craze for engineering courses. "For the last two years students are not being attracted towards technical education due to its deteriorating standards... (it has led to) closure of institutions and courses like computer engineering, IT, electronics," the letter reads.

In another letter to the Union HRD ministry it said that AICTE was yet to take steps to curb the mushrooming of technical institutes in Haryana. "The state government on June 21, 2011 conveyed its non affirmative views to AICTE for new institutions, second shift in existing institutions, additional courses and variation in intake. However, the AICTE is approving the same every year despite recommendation to the contrary by the state," the state communique to HRD Ministry reads.

"It is the right time for the AICTE to take stock of the situation before granting approvals for 2013-14 and to consider the reasons for poor quality of manpower passing out from the technical institutions and their (un)employability," the state government said.

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