The All India Council of Technical Education has asked approximately 800 engineering colleges to shut down or merge in the next academic year due to low admissions.
02 September 2017: The problem of low admission in engineering colleges has been there for quite a time. The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) was monitoring the admissions in engineering colleges for past five years in order to resolve the issue.
Hence, the council has asked approximately 800 engineering colleges all over the country to shut down from the next academic year 2018-2019. The council has not issued the list of these colleges officially.
The decision was taken after analysing the annual intake of various engineering colleges. The option to either merge with a nearby college or shut down is provided to the colleges with less than 30% admissions in the past five years.
All these colleges are required to submit a report to AICTE by the second week of September about their decision on merger or shut down. The council said that this decision is taken to improve the quality of engineering education.
Few colleges have asked for one year time to work on their number of intakes. Also, the AICTE has decided to conduct a six month teachers’ training programme for professors with an aim of improving the education quality. Mandatory industry internship for students studying in second and third year is also another step of improving the quality of engineering education in the country.
Presently, there are a total of 10,361 engineering colleges in the country. Most of them, 1500, are in Maharashtra, 1300 in Tamil Nadu, 1165 in Uttar Pradesh and 800 in Andhra Pradesh.