AICTE is likely to reduce its intake by almost 1.3 lakh B.Tech and M.Tech seats from this July. This seems to be bad news for engineering students. Since technical institutes in the country have failed to fill their vacant seats, they have approached the AICTE to reduce its intake. No decision has been taken as yet but it is unlikely that the permission to the colleges will be denied.
83 Engineering institutes have applied for closure which has 24000 seats. And 494 colleges are seeking permission to discontinue Engineering courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. After which, the intake of students will reduce by another 42,000 seats; 639 other institutes have approached the AICTE to reduce their intake by 62,000 seats.
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AICTE may impose a penalty on colleges which have had a poor admission recorded over the last five years. Technical courses where admission has been consistently less than 30 percent will reportedly be forced to reduce their seats by half in the new academic year starting this July.
In 2016-17, 51 per cent of over 15 lakh seats in 3,900 engineering colleges in India were vacant.
According to professor at Harcourt Butler Technical University “One of the major reason behind this is that AICTE couldn’t provide job opportunities in the ratio in which they increased the number of seats.”
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