In a revolutionary measure of sorts the Kerala Technological University (KTU) has decided to introduce Cluster Autonomy for granting autonomy to engineering colleges. They would grant the autonomy for conducting MTech programmes in various colleges. The idea of cluster autonomy was previously discussed in the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) coordinated workshop at Bangalore, in which World Bank and Ministry of Human Resources also took active part.
The pro Vice-chancellor of Kerala Technological University, M Abdul Rahiman said, “This will be the first step towards granting autonomy to individual institutions. Each cluster will have approximately 10 to 15 colleges and these colleges will be identified based on their geographical location. The cluster will have to formulate procedures for the smooth conduct of all academic activities associated with the MTech programme in line with the regulations of the university.”
There would be Cluster Level Graduate Programme Committees (CGPC) consisting of principals of the colleges in particular clusters, which would regulate the academic autonomy. Selection of chairman of the committee would be made by nominations given by the vice-chancellor of the university and a convenor selected by the CGPC. All the major academic decisions would be taken up by CGPC and it would be responsible for deciding the curriculum, syllabus, course plan, internal evaluation, semester examination, grading as well as result declaration for all the streams of MTech programmes that the cluster colleges would offer.
The chairman would be someone who has an impeccable academic record and who was a part of institutes of national importance (preferably from IITs and NITs).KTU has begun forming clusters and it has already formed 10 clusters with 15 institutes till date. In total, there are 104 institutes that offer PG courses in engineering (MTech).