Over 300 engineering colleges are likely to be shut down from the academic session 2018-19. All India Council of Technical Education may bar such colleges from making any fresh admissions. These institutions have less than 30 percent enrollments for the past five years. Therefore they will be asked to stop making fresh admissions. As per the report of Economic Times, another 500 colleges who witness a low admission rate are under the observation.
The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has asked all private engineering colleges having a low admission rate to look for other options. These colleges can convert to institutes of science or vocational education. As per the AICTE, over three thousand private colleges are running undergraduate engineering programmes across the country. Out of these there are 800 colleges which have an admission rate less than fifty percent.
Engineering Colleges with less than 30% Admission Rate to be Closed
According to the Human Resource Development Ministry, 300 private engineering colleges are likely to face the axe and around 150 of them have less than 20 percent admission rate. Earlier, in September 2017, several reports said that AICTE is mulling to shut down 800 engineering institutions on the grounds of low enrollment rates. As per the AICTE regulations, the institutions that have less than 30 percent registrations for admission in a year for five successive years and lack in infrastructure have to be closed.
More Supply than Demand of Engineering Seats
Every year about 150 colleges are shut down voluntarily for failing to comply with the AICTE rules. If we look at the present situation, the supply of engineering seats is continuously exceeding the demand for seats. In the current year, more than 2 lakh engineering seats have left vacant across the country with 29,000 seats vacant in the state of Karnataka only.
With the demand for engineering programs over the last decade, hundreds of new private engineering colleges were opened in all the states across India. All the technical institutions need to follow the rules and regulations of AICTE which is the regulating body for technical education in India. Being the supply of engineering seats more than the demand, many of the colleges are witnessing a low admission rate from the past few years. Therefore, AICTE is likely to close such engineering colleges having a low enrollment rate or lacking in infrastructure.