Anna University to rope in IIT-Madras, NIT faculty members to inspect engineering colleges

Anna University to rope in IIT-Madras, NIT faculty members to inspect engineering colleges

To conduct physical inspection of engineering colleges postpandemic, Anna University plans to rope in more than 100 faculty
members from IIT Madras, NIT-Trichy and other top autonomous colleges in the state. The physical inspection of around 500 engineering colleges, stand alone MBA, MCA colleges will be conducted in May and June for 2022-23.

The university brought external experts to inspect colleges during 2019-20 Following the Covid-19 pandemic, physical inspection was suspended
and the affiliation was granted based on online scrutiny of details
submitted by engineering colleges.

“We will draft faculty members from IIT Madras, NIT-Trichy and other
institutions due to faculty shortage in Anna University. The inspection
committees will focus on verifying whether the colleges have retained their faculty members during the pandemic,” Anna University vice-chancellor R Velraj said.

The team of professors will verify faculty strength, facilities like lab, canteen and library in engineering colleges and other technical institutions. If they found any discrepancies during the inspection, then they would issue notice to the colleges to rectify the discrepancies within the stipulated period.

If the colleges do not rectify the shortcomings even after being notified by the inspection committees, then the university can cancel its affiliation.

“Several engineering colleges have reduced their staff strength to cut costs. They have managed the situation as there was no physical inspection in the past two years. Many colleges also did not pay their staff for several months. The inspection committees should check whether the colleges have paid their staff in the past two years,” a professor from a private
engineering college said.

Principals welcomed the move of using senior professors from top engineering colleges for inspection. “The faculty members from affiliated colleges know the norms and procedures well compared to faculty members from IITs,” said B Chidambararajan, principal of SRM-Valliammai Engineering College.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given time to universities to grant affiliation till August 31. Following this, Anna University has extended the last date for submitting online application for grant of affiliation till April 29.