AICTE to close several engineering colleges

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Technical colleges which recorded less than 30 per cent admissions in the last five years will be closed down from next year, informed Anil D Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of AICTE.

Over 27 lakh engineering seats have been lying vacant across various engineering colleges in the country over the last three years, an All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) data said on Thursday.

"In the past few years, the AICTE has been actively working on reducing the quantity of engineering institutions across the country due to increased institutes and poor demand and falling quality education".

There was a total of 10,063 Institutes and they had 37 Lakh seats vacant past year in the AICTE-approved Institutions including these offered courses: Technical Courses in management, Pharmacy, Hotel Management, Engineering and Architecture, among others.

Every year engineering colleges offer more than 37 lakh seats at 10361 engineering institutes across the nation. Apart from closing several colleges the AICTE has now focussed towards life skills and solving real life problems.

This major announcement by the AICTE chairman was made at recently held world education summit.

Furthermore, Kiran Maheshwari, the minister of Rajasthan Technical and Higher Education, who inaugurated the education summit said, "State-of-the-art language labs will be set up in about 220 government colleges in Rajasthan starting this academic session as in this era of globalisation knowledge of language is a necessity". The regulator for technical education in the country has also formulated the National Student Startup Policy to face the ongoing crisis in the job market, said Sahasrabuddhe.

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