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Over 200 Private Engineering Colleges Shut Admission as IITs and NITs Increase Intake

April 11, 2018 10:22 AM

With a fresh year for engineering entrance exams and admissions, a surprising fact for engineering education has also come forward in the media. According to a statement released by All India Council for Technical Education, as many as 200 engineering colleges of the country have filed a request for closure to the council. This can lead to decrease in the number of engineering seats in the country by a whopping 80,000.

Several reasons have been cited for this decrease in seats. One of the reasons is the increasing number of NITs, IITs, and IIITs in the country. IIT qualifying examination- JEE Main is scheduled to be held on April 15-16, 2018. Until 2007, the country had 7 IITs, 20 NITs, and just 4 IIITs. In the last decade, the numbers have increased significantly and now there are 23 IITs, 31 NITs, and 23 IIITs. Not to forget that the number of seats in the pre-existing colleges has also increased.

“This year there will be around 80,000 seats less. Around 200 colleges have applied for closure as they were having low admissions in the past,” Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education said. “So effectively, these institutes will seize to function as engineering colleges from about three to four years from now,” the official added.

The colleges filing closure will not be taking any admissions from the academic year 2018-19. However, existing students of these institutes will be served properly, which is a sigh of relief for such students.

However, a bigger reason for this action is the sub-par education offered by the private institutes. Many private institutes have not been able to create good quality engineers. Lack of quality faculties, curriculum and infrastructure are some of the reasons for the decreased level of performance. Colleges planning to shutdown have not been getting the minimum 20% enrollments, which showcases that these institutes were not able to keep pace with other prominent institutes of the country.

Students themselves did not prefer going to these institutes as they were considered substandard. With the increase in the number of seats in IITs and NITs, students are more focused in securing the perfect JEE Main result in order to bag themselves a seat in these top notch institutions.

One more fact worth noticing is the decreasing trend of enrollment in engineering colleges across the country. According to data collected by AICTE, out of total 16,47,155 engineering seats in the country (in the year 2015-16), only 8,60,357 were occupied. This translates into a meager enrollment of 52%, which is undeniably a sorry state for engineering education. This problem got even more aggravated in the year 2016-17, where only 7,87,127 seats out of 15,71,220 got filled, thus resulting in an overall enrollment of just over 50%. One of the key reasons behind the same is the rising unemployment level for engineers of our country. As per reports by a leading newspaper, it was found that around 80% engineers of our country were unemployed. This can be because of decrease in the requirement of engineers or degradation in the quality of engineers of our country.

As stated by AICTE and Ministry of Human Resource Development, this closure of institutes will not impact the demand-supply situation or engineering profession in the long run. This is because these institutes were getting very low enrollments or even zero enrollments, and thus students will now have the chance to get admission into better colleges.

Only 10% of the engineering programs being offered are accredited by National Board of Accreditation or the NBA. AICTE has decided that by 2022, at least 50% of all the technical programs have to be accredited by NBA. This is another good step towards increasing the quality and reliability of engineering education in the country.

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Delhi 9/26/2018 2:24:50 AM

For the exam to be conducted in the month of January 2019, the JEE Main admit card 2019 will be issued on 17th December 2018 and for the month of April 2019, the admit cards will be released on 18 March 2019.