AICTE asked to shut down 800 Engineering Colleges for 2018-19 academic year

Published On 11/09/2017

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked about 800 engineering colleges across the country to shut down from the next academic year. Following low admissions over the past five years, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked these colleges to close down and submit a report by the second week of September.

The decision has been taken on the account of low admission to these colleges over the past five years. The colleges have been asked to submit a report by the second week of September by AICTE. Colleges with less than 30% admission in past five years have been given the option to either shut down or get merged with a nearby college. 

The decision was taken after careful study of the intake of colleges over the past five years across the country. The list has not been made public by the Council, however all the colleges listed will have to submit a report by second week of September on their decision to shut down or be merged with a college nearby. The change will be effective from the next academic year that is 2018-19. 

“This is one of the many steps planned towards improving the quality of engineering education. Some institutions failed to improve admissions and hence we had to take a tough call,” said AICTE authorities.

There are 10,361 engineering colleges in the country. Maharashtra has maximum of about 1,500 colleges, followed by Tamil Nadu (about 1,300), Uttar Pradesh (1,165), and Andhra Pradesh (about 800). Of the 37 lakh engineering seats, over 27 lakh have been lying vacant.

Some colleges have sought a time of one year from the council to improve the number of enrolment. 

AICTE has also decided to introduce six months teachers training for professors who would be employed at engineering college to improve the quality of education. Industry Internship has also been made mandatory for second and third year students.  

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