In the mid-19th century, technical education started in our country. It plays a really important role in the overall development of a country and also contributes in the progress of the nation. Technical education in our country plays an important role in leading the country on the path of progress. Technical education is imparted at various levels such as certificate, diploma, degree etc. But, educating the youth at the degree level is one of the most amazing experience. Providing quality education at graduation level is a huge task in itself because it includes the responsibility of carving the future generation of our country. For any aspiring educationist, starting an institution for educating our youth would surely be a dream come true.
AICTE or the All India Council for Technical Education is the government organization which is responsible for the development and promotion of technical education in our country. Established way back in 1945 by the Government of India, the organization is the statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education in the country. It lays down the rules and regulations for starting an engineering college in India. Anyone who aspires to start an engineering college of his own should surely abide by the norms and standards laid down by the AICTE. However, just following the rules and regulations isn’t enough, there are certain other factors that are to be kept in mind before one starts an engineering college of his own.
Certain factors that are to be taken into consideration before starting an engineering college have been discussed as follows:
- Develop advanced curriculum:
Educating aspiring engineers and helping them in becoming successful entrepreneurs of the future is surely a thrilling experience. But, in order to give the best of education to your students, it is extremely important to adhere to an advanced curriculum in your engineering college instead of following traditional one which other colleges follow. Such a difference in the curriculum would certainly allow you to get an edge over other colleges in the field of engineering.
- Considerable technical coursework:
While formulating the course, you must establish a considerable technical coursework which focuses upon industry oriented factors that would finally lead to a major transformation of your college into a temple of learning. The technical coursework must be developed after thorough research & development to provide maximum benefit to your students.
- Appropriate learning atmosphere:
In any college, the most important thing is the environment of the place. Before starting an engineering college, you must make sure that the students who enroll in your college find the best learning experience. You should plan your development strategy in such a way that you cultivate the best learning atmosphere for students who would join your college and spend the four precious years of their life.
- Learned & motivating faculty:
The most contributing factor in the success of an educational institution is its faculty and staff. Always make sure that you recruit learned and highly motivating faculties in your college. It’s absolutely essential to have a well-educated faculty under whose guidance the students can learn and grow. Engineering students spend a good time at college learning new things and a good faculty would enhance their learning experience.
- Cultivate entrepreneurial skills:
An engineering college is a great medium to prepare future entrepreneurs. Cultivating the right amount of entrepreneurship skills in the students helps the students to emerge as masters in their field of expertise. Such skills learned by the students helps to make their stay in the college worthwhile. It also provides positive word of mouth publicity to your college.
- Well-developed infrastructure:
Developing proper infrastructure for your college is very important. When starting an engineering college, buy land and register it for educational purpose. Ensure that the construction of your college building is approved by the authorities. Always follow the guidelines while developing the building of your college premises and pass on your application to the regulatory authority for final approval.
Once you receive the official permission to start an engineering college, you should give it your 100% efforts. You should design a panel by involving a team of your experienced and educated faculty and staff. Make sure that your students receive education of the sort that assures them good placement deals. Make a team of people who would handle the recruitment process. This team should be designated the duty to have extensive communication with the various companies, asking the companies to hire students from your engineering college. The faculty of your college should be such that they provide maximum efforts in sharpening the brains of the students which would further help in providing better job placement opportunities for your students.
AICTE holds the view that engineering colleges offering quality education will always be in demand and will never have vacant seats. So, make sure that your college not just promises but actually provides quality education to its students. Hurry and make your entry into the education sector by starting your own engineering college.