More than 75 Engineering and Technical Colleges to shut down – As per the report in several news media, the officials from the All India Council for Technical Institution (AICTE) have stated that over 75 engineering and technical colleges would shut down in 2019 and stop admitting students for the upcoming academic year. Majority of such colleges are in Uttar Pradesh.
According to AICTE officials, the major reason behind shutdown of these colleges are shortage of funds and less takers for certain courses. As of now, 78 colleges have opted for ‘progressive closure’ during the current academic year.
As per the report, during the last academic year of 2018-19, around 54 colleges had decided to go for ‘progressive closure’ whereas in 2017-18 106 such colleges had opted for this option. According to AICTE, currently there are 264 engineering colleges in India which are operational without the approval of AICTE. Out of these, 116 are Architecture colleges.
An official from AICTE while speaking to the media stated that several colleges are opting for progressive closure. They will stop admitting new students with immediate effect. However, they will continue their regular function until the previous batch of students graduate. Among the college opted for progressive closures, 31 are based in Uttar Pradesh, five each are based in Chhattisgarh and Haryana, while four each are in Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and two colleges each are in Rajasthan, Telangana, Odisha and Maharashtra.