Basic Applied Sciences and AICTE
Discrimination and derogation of Sciences in Engineering Education
Sub: Non inclusion of qualification in ALL INDIA COUNCIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION (PAY SCALES, SERVICE CONDITIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE TEACHERS AND OTHER ACADEMIC STAFF IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS (DIGREE) REGULATIONS 2010 NOTIFICATION, F.No:37-3/Legal/2010 and Draft Approval Process Handbook
This is to bring to your kind attention that apart from the Engineering branches the following disciplines are working in our engineering colleges:
1. Department of Mathematics/Applied Mathematics/Engineering Mathematics
2. Department of Chemistry/Applied Chemistry/Engineering Chemistry
3. Department of Physics/Applied Physics/Engineering Physics
4. Department of Communication Skill/English
5. Department of Geology/Applied Geology
As per cadre structure we are having all three categories of posts i.e. Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professors in all of the above departments. Qualifications for the above posts as per AICTE norms till now “Ph.D. degree with the first class degree at Bachelor's or Master's level in the appropriate branch of Sciences/Humanities”.
Accordingly we are having large number of staff members working in the above Departments in almost every engineering college of the state and the country.
Now in the Notification referred above the qualifications does not mention the qualifications of Faculties working in the Sciences/Applied Science/Humanities branches of existing engineering colleges. In the event it is not clear as to what will happen to large number of teaching faculties working in above subjects in the engineering colleges and how they will be getting their payment, promotion and recruitment etc.
This is also to bring to your kind attention that the University recognized Professors working in these branches as above were considered eligible for the appointment to the post of Principal/Director of AICTE approved Engineering Colleges. Now the recent changes in Approval Process Handbook and in the VI Pay Commission notification such Professors have been made in-eligible for the post of Head of Institution. This is against the Law of Natural Justice and Equality among the similar post holders.
You may be aware that the reason of the success of IITs as a universal brand was its emphasis on Science based education. Even otherwise Science is nothing but the mother of Engineering. Now when India is facing unprecedented problem of falling standards of Basic Science Research (as reported by Prof. MM Sharma Committee of UGC) it is imperative that more cohesion and co-operation may be promoted between Science & Engineering. One of the easiest and most powerful methods for the same is development of Sciences in Engineering Colleges. Such a move wil be beneficial for both Engineering and Sciences.
However, the recent actions of AICTE are going contrary to the above and may be harmful to both Science & Engineering. In the wake of the unfortunate developments every one are requested to intervene to avoid the myopic actions which will prove detrimental to the cause of engineering education in the country.
All are requested to ensure that the existing Departments of Basic Sciences and their Faculty members in Engineering Colleges are not discriminated and sidelined. Also among the Professors of the Basic Sciences in Engineering Colleges those who are capable of administering the colleges properly may not be deprived of the position of Head of Institution.