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By K. Ramachandran
Lack of modern infrastructure and teaching and information technology tools has been a problem in these colleges. They also have a large teacher vacancy position, but the Government recently decided to appoint about 65 teachers in various faculties.
In the case of IT tools, most of the established institutions have good infrastructure, especially computing facilities, better than that in government colleges.
The Government, over the years, has established engineering colleges at Salem, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Karaikudi, Vellore and Bargur.
The univeristy has now decided to start biotechnology, MBA and MCA courses and some self-supporting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These self-supporting programmes, with a higher fee structure, are expected to meet the funds crunch.
At the UG level, the proposal is to increase the number of part-time B.E programmes in almost all the branches, says the Vice-Chancellor, A. Kalanidhi. These courses normally find many takers from industry employees.
The government colleges are already offering part-time B.E courses and the idea is to increase their intake capacity. The proposals are to be implemented this year itself at Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Karaikudi (Alagappa College) and Salem government engineering colleges. Vellore and Bargur may have to wait for now, because of infrastructure problems, according to Prof. Kalanidhi.
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