More than 300 private engineering colleges are expected to shut down

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More than 300 private engineering colleges would be asked to stop operations from the 2018-19 academic session. These institutions have been asked not to commence admission process for any fresh batch as they had witnessed less than 30% enrolment for last five years. Another 500 engineering colleges are also under the examination for not being able to fill up seats, as per a senior HRD official.

The All India Council for Technical Education has said to all such colleges to look out for substitute options like converting to science colleges or vocational educational institutions. According to the AICTE website, there are almost 3,000 private engineering colleges offering undergraduate courses in India, with a consumption capacity of 13.56 lakh of which there are about 800 engineering colleges whose enrolment percentage is less than 50%. As per the HRD sources, more than 300 institutions which would be asked to shut down operations as engineering colleges of which more than 150 have less than 20% enrolment.

As per the chairperson of the AICTE, the council has asked those colleges with less than 30% enrolment to look out for other options. Saying that closing down the institutions may lead to problems for the institutions, professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairperson, AICTE said, “We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own.”

The Council, however, would give alternatives like converting the engineering colleges to science colleges, skill development centers or vocational education institutions. This issue will be finalized by the end of 2017 afore the approvals are allotted to the colleges. Sahasrabudhe added that it is in for the benefit of the institutions to convert into another type of institutes as over the time their admissions have to undergo because they were not doing great.

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