Engineering colleges have been mushrooming across the city of Chennai over the past few years. A few of these colleges are deemed but a majority of them are affiliated to Anna University.
There are 552 engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University, 7 of them are Government/aided colleges, 20 of them are Autonomous colleges and the rest are self-financing colleges and four are University departments within Anna University.
In order to get affiliated to Anna Univeristy, an educational institute should get certified by AICTE or UGC. Any educational institute should follow the rules provided by these boards to get certified.
There is widespread ambiguity regarding these certifications of engineering colleges in the state. The AICTE has its accreditation board in the form of National Board of Accreditation (NBA). As for the UGC, they have the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) certification that they hand out. Which colleges apply for which certifications and/or accreditations are a contentious issue that requires looking into.
The colleges that manage to get accredited by the respective board(s) go from being a deemed institution to being affiliated to Anna University. However, the standards of infrastructure, teaching and other essential facilities don’t always coincide with the certification/accreditation they receive.
There seems to be wrongdoing at two major levels - in the process of certification and in the process of affiliation. The grey area present in the processes is to be looked into in this study.
This project focusses on the Anna University affiliated colleges in Chennai. The study has taken up the detailed study of three colleges: A.R.S. Engineering College, A.R.M. Engineering College and Jerusalem Engineering College in Chennai.