For the last couple of years, we have been hearing reports of number of Engineering colleges across the country getting shut down due to many reasons, chiefly because the seats weren’t filling. Probably in its biggest mandate, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has now asked as many as 800 Engineering colleges to close down.
According to the official data, approximately 150 colleges are voluntarily closed down every year due to declining interest of students in Engineering stream. AICTE has approved the progressive closure of around 410 colleges across India in the last four years. Telangana has the maximum number of colleges which have sought progressive closure. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan are next in the list.
As per AICTE rules, colleges that report less than 30% admissions for 5 consecutive years will have to be shut down. Abiding by such strict rules, private engineering colleges either opt for progressive closure or turn into polytechnics or science and arts colleges.
AICTE has also started a new programme with the aim of making engineering students industry-ready. Starting from the new academic year, all second and third-year students will have to undergo internship to hone their skills so that they succeed in campus placements.