Engineering colleges to be penalised for violating pay scales, says AICTE
New Delhi

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has said that Engineering colleges will be penalised for violating pay scales.

"Institutions not adhering to pay scales or qualifications precribed for teaching staff for more than 12 months and not maintaining prescribed faculty-student ratio shall be liable to punitive actions including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats and reduction in approved intake," a senior AICTE official told PTI.

AICTE's decision comes a month after the state Fee Regulating Authority (FRA) reduced professional course fee by 20 %.

While the move comes after the FRA found that many colleges fudged their balance sheets to bloated expenses, the regulator has also asked colleges to stop making any change in the fee structure in the second year.

The FRA, also known as Shulka Niyamat Samiti, was established in 2004. It was formed to regulate fees for all the unaided private professional colleges in the state.

"We have finalised the fees for around 6,000 courses and in more than 90 percent cases, the fee has been slashed significantly. On an average there is a drop of around 20 percent," said Ravindra Dahad, an FRA member who is chartered account by profession.