The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted approval to shut down nearly 150 private engineering and management colleges — making up for a whopping 12,000 seats. These institutes have cited inability to fill up seats as the reason for closure.
These institutes or colleges have not been managing to fill up their seats in different engineering and management courses during the last three to four academic sessions. According to HRD Ministry sources, more than 200 technical institutions submitted applications for closure of courses due to various reasons, including poor admission. Of these, 143 have been permitted.
While Andhra Pradesh shut down a maximum number of 56 such institutions, 17 institutions from Uttar Pradesh were given the green signal for closure. If as many as 18 institutions in Rajasthan closed, then 13 in Gujarat, seven in Maharashtra, six each in Haryana and Punjab, four in Chhattisgarh, five each in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, two each in Tamil Nadu and Bengal, and one institution each in Uttarakhand and Bihar too were closed down.
"Against this backdrop, the Government has put a check on growth of private engineering colleges. The total number of permissions granted to start new engineering colleges during 2009-10 was 250. It came down to 171 in 2010-11," said a source.
AICTE has already stopped giving approval to any new college till 2014.