The existing model of two to three storied buildings spread over the campus, resulting in large number of buildings and more space is cease to end now by the new land norms for the engineering colleges, put forward by the central government. The college buildings are now allowed to go vertical, which was earlier banned. The government has set the norm for the engineering colleges that they could set up their engineering colleges in minimum 1.5 acre and maximum 2.5 acre area from now on for the metro cities.
According to the Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education Anil Sahasrabudhe, “While we have altered the total land area that colleges must have, the built up area remains the same because engineering colleges and their labs require space. So we have ensured that quality does not take a hit.”
Those colleges having at least 50% courses accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation and will get three year approval from AICTE. The autonomous colleges and institutes will be given this approval as a benefit, because these colleges and institutes have to take approval from the council annually. According to the new land norms, the campus of any college or university need to be in any one plot but can be in separate plots which are not far than two kilometers.
The urban located colleges need to have academic, instruction and administrative set-up in one plot and the other campus could have housing of students and staff members. It can also be used for the sports purposes. The campus area of rural area colleges for setting up engineering college has been curbed down to 7.5 acres from 10 acres.
Sahasrabudhe further added, “But permission for the entire structure must be taken by the college. Because when operation start, the colleges may admit one batch of students, and when they have to expand, they may not get permissions to be in place beforehand.”