Save Govt. Sector Engineering Education in Rajasthan
Save Govt. Sector Engineering Education in Rajasthan
Engineering education has always played prime role in creating modern India, but the Government of Rajasthan has left the Engineering Education unsupported. More than 1000 students are placed on campus every year and approximately same number of students get jobs off-campus or opt for higher studies in IITs, NITs even out of India from Govt. Engineering colleges. Placement ratio is above 30% in most of the colleges out of the eligible and interested students. But there has been sudden down trend in the admissions in Engineering education in Rajasthan specially in Govt. Engineering colleges. A major reason for this is the lack of support from Govt. of Rajasthan to these “so-called” Govt. Engineering Colleges of Rajasthan. As an example, the current state government has passed order to remove the word “Government” from the names of these colleges showing intent of the state Government to get their hands off these colleges and not take responsibility of the Engineering education in Rajasthan. This has led to no-difference between private colleges and govt. colleges providing Engineering education, thus deteriorating the interest to take admission in Govt. colleges.
The policies of Govt. which have broken the backbone of Govt. Engineering Colleges in Rajasthan:
1. No common policy making platform or standalone directorate/board for management and upliftment of Engineering education. All the Govt. Engineering colleges are running under different autonomous societies and are being governed by different Boards of Governance. No state-level monitoring of employees, even no existence and description of Engineering education and state Govt. colleges on the website of Department of technical education, Govt. of Rajasthan. This can be seen from their official websites @ https://hte.rajasthan.gov.in/dept/dte/ & http://techedu.rajasthan.gov.in/index.htm
2. No subsidy is provided by the State Govt. in the fees for Engineering courses in these Govt. colleges. The other degree courses, MBBS, polytechnic, ITI, etc running in Govt. colleges of Rajasthan are highly subsidized and the load of fees for the students and their families is very less i.e. appx. 10% of the annual Engineering fees. This high fee even for girls and economically backward students have decreased the interest of low & middle-income families of the society for Engineering education, thus admission in most Govt. Engineering Colleges this year are less than 40% of total intake.
3. Meagre support is provided for maintenance of campus and equipment by the State Govt. This course has always been generating quality placements for students even has created opportunity for them to become entrepreneurs. Major placements in technical education comes from Engineering only. Maintenance and purchase of new equipment for quality Engineering education is very expensive. The State Govt. has done very few provisions for non-recurring financial support for maintenance and equipment purchase and left the responsibility on the World Bank sponsored loan to the Govt. of India i.e. Technical Education Quality Improvement Program.
4. No recurring financial support is being provided to majority of these colleges. The salaries of teachers and other staff is managed by the fee received from the students. Even the expenditures on the hostels, campus maintenance, security is not supported by Govt. funds. Due to this, the running expenses are loaded on the shoulders of the students and their families who take various loans to complete their Engineering. A large number of students who take admission in these colleges belongs to rural background. Colleges are unable to support these students due to lack of funds. Due to this lack of financial support, the faculty and staff remains devoid of regular salaries, promotions and other benfits. Colleges are already bearing salary, promotions, pay commission arrears debt of the employees which is in crores of Rupees. In some of the colleges, the employees have not been given salary for the last 7-8 months. The same situation is about to rise in almost every Govt. Engineering College of Rajasthan in 2021.
5. No appointment of qualified, experienced and visionary Principals through proper selection procedure as per AICTE norms. The appointment of the permanent Principals is pending since last 3-4 years in some of the colleges. The colleges are running in the hands of the State Govt. nominated Principals some of them have no prior experience of Principalship in Engineering Colleges. Some even don't have Engineering background. Govt. shows no intent to approach and appoint highly experienced and qualified Principals who have demonstrated their academic and administrative mettle at National and International levels.
The change expected from Govt. of Rajasthan:
1. Govt. should take full administrative control and financial responsibility of these Govt. Autonomous Engineering Colleges of Rajasthan. Govt. must establish a dedicated directorate or board for these Engineering colleges.
2. Govt. must subsidize Engineering course by taking responsibility of recurring and non-recurring expenditures of these Govt. Colleges such as infrastructure, maintenance, salaries of faculty and staff, etc. like other courses. So that the minimum fee can be charged from the students similar to other courses such as MBBS, polytechnic diploma and other degree courses running in Govt. colleges.
3. Appointment of highly experienced, visionary and qualified Principals in these colleges who have demonstrated their academic and administrative mettle at National and International levels.