The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) wants to shut down about 800 engineering colleges across India as there are no takers for their seats, and the admissions are plunging in these institutions, said AICTE chairman Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, as per Times of India report. Due to strict AICTE rules, there are approximately 150 colleges which are shut down voluntarily every year. As per TOI report, according to a rule of the council, colleges that lack proper infrastructure and have less than 30 percent admissions for five consecutive years will have to be closed down.
According to TOI report, AICTE has given a nod to the closure of more than 410 colleges across India, from 2014-15 to 2017-18. Out of these 20 are in Karnataka. The 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 institutions that were shut, added TOI report.
The private engineering colleges that fail to survive either seek progressive closure and ultimately shut down or turn into polytechnics or science and arts colleges.
A progressive closure means that the college can no more admit students to the new batch but the existing students will continue. AICTE has introduced the plan for teachers training keeping in mind the quality of engineering education and their employability being a big challenge. According to TOI report, Sahasrabudhe said,”Most engineering college professors or lecturers are MTech or PhD holders. They don’t usually have experience in teaching aspiring engineers. Now onwards, any engineering college lecturer joining anew will have to undergo six months of exclusive and compulsory training so that they can train future engineers better. Existing engineer lecturers have three years to undergo this training compulsorily.’
From this academic year, every second and third year student will have to undergo a compulsory internship so that they are hired even before campus placement. As per TOI report, Sahasrabudhe said,”Internship is the time when most students are observed by companies and have a fair chance of being absorbed. So it’s better to be hired that way instead of depending on just five minutes of the interview at campus placements. My advice to budding engineers is that they should be attentive and hardworking during the internship.”