Nearly 200 engineering colleges apply for closure every year: AICTE

An average 50% of seats in the 3,200-odd engineering colleges in the country have been lying vacant while around 200 colleges have been applying for closure every year, according to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). This was revealed by the council’s chairman, Anil D Sahasrabudhe, on the sidelines of the 14th convocation of the National Institute of Technology Trichy on Saturday. 

What makes the waning interest in the engineering stream severe is the fact that this trend has been continuing for the past three years. “While most closure applications are from Andra Pradesh and Telangana, they are coming from Tamil Nadu as well. Quality education may not be imparted with less number of students, therefore we do allow such colleges to run vocational courses,” the chairman said.
Sahasrabudhe said that most closures were of rural engineering colleges which had large infrastructure. Permission was given for such colleges to ensure that students in rural areas had access to engineering education, but the students preferred colleges in urban areas for the sake of convenience and better opportunities leading to closure of many institutions. 
Asked about teachers being sacked by many of the engineering colleges after AICTE relaxed the student-faculty ratio from 1:15 to 1: 20, the chairman said that change in ratio could not be offered as a reason for teachers getting retrenched from colleges. He pointed out that admissions in some colleges were so poor that they were not getting even one student. In such cases, the colleges might not be able to keep teachers and were likely to ask them to join elsewhere. “We have asked teachers to complain if they are sacked but we haven’t received any such complaints, which prove that the claims of retrenchment are false,”he added....Read more
Source web page: Times of inidia


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