Over 300 private Engineering Colleges would be asked to stop functioning from 2018-19 academic sessions. Now these institutions would be asked not to undertake admissions process for any batch. They have had less that 30% enrolment for 5 consecutive years.
There are another 500 engineering colleges under the scanner for not being able to fill up the seats.
AICTE has suggested to all such colleges to change their course of action and to consider alternate options like converting to science colleges or vocational education institutions. There are approximately 3000 private engineering institutes, offering undergraduate courses in India with an intake capacity of 13.56 lakh. There are 800 engineering colleges whose enrolment percentage is less than 50 percent.
According to the chairperson of the AICTE, the council has asked those colleges with less than 30% enrolment to work out alternate options.
Anil D Sahasrabudhe chairperson, AICTE said, “We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own.”
The Council would give options like converting the engineering colleges to science colleges, skill development centres or vocational education institutions. The matter will be finalised by end of December 2017.
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