According to the AICTE Chairman, Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe’s 800 engineering colleges across the county would be shut down for low admission and poor quality education has rung an alarm bell amongst the states of the country.
As the clause of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) runs that, institutions having courses where the admission is less than 30 per cent (pc) of the approved intake for last five years and continue for the current academic year shall be closed next year with the approval of the Council. 800 colleges seem to come under the above condition, even this year’s admission rate has not been convincing.
This year, out of the 42,000 seats in 85 private colleges of the State of Odhisha, barely about 15,000 seats have been filled leaving a massive vacancy of 27,000. Chances would be that many colleges close down, as the viability is becoming low- how to appoint faculty to a few students become the question for the OJEE.
Next question to considers; what happens to the students who have already taken admission? While it is difficult for the educational entrepreneurs who have invested in setting up the colleges, it is more distressing for the students and their parents too. The course of action being, that students who have already taken admission will be transferred to other colleges.
The colleges which have recorded below 30 pc intake in the particular courses for the last five years would automatically close down the programmes.
According to information, AICTE has approved the progressive closure of more than 410 colleges across India, from 2014-15 to 2017-18. Twenty of these institutions are in Karnataka. A maximum number of institutions was approved for closure in 2016-17. Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have the maximum number of colleges which have sought progressive closure.
AICTE is also interested in making engineering students industry-ready so that they are employed on time. From this year onwards, students of 2nd year and 3rd year will have to undergo mandatory internship in order to hired even before campus placements.
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