Only 20% percent of the teaching faculty at an institute can be constituted by industry professionals.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has given its nod for engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh to employ industry professionals as teachers. This is being hailed as an important step in improving industry academia relationship. AICTE announced its approval in a meeting between representatives from the association of engineering colleges and officials for the regulatory body. Industry professionals will be teaching students from the state from the next academic session.
Speaking about the announcement, B S Yadav, Secretary, Association of Technical and Professional Institutes of Madhya Pradesh (ATPI), stated, "There has been a demand to reduce industry-academia gap. By allowing industry professionals to teach this gap would definitely reduce". According to AICTE norms only 20% percent of the teaching faculty at an institute can be constituted by industry professionals.
ATPI also demanded that the approval issued for educational institutions should be extended to three years, instead of the one year approvals that are the norm presently. "Approval should be given for three year, if there is no change in intake," said the secretary.
Other demands put forth by the ATPI at the meeting included raising of faculty-student ratio from 1:15 to 1:20 and changes to the minimum requirements for teaching staff, student intake and land area. There were also demands for amendments to the guidelines for internet facilities.