New Delhi, September 3: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is bent on shutting down 800 engineering colleges across the country as there are no takers for their seats.
“This is one of the many steps planned towards improving the quality of engineering education. Some institutions failed to improve admissions and hence we had to take a tough call,” said AICTE authorities.
As of now, there are 10,361 engineering institutions in the country that are approved by the AICTE with a total intake capacity of over 37 lakh students. Out of this, 27 lakh seats are lying vacant.
Earlier, AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe said, "Apart from closing several colleges, we are also focusing on life skills and solving real life problems. The number of jobs is diminishing in the country and to cover that up AICTE has formulated the National Student Startup Policy."
Maharashtra has maximum of about 1,500 colleges, followed by Tamil Nadu (about 1,300), Uttar Pradesh (1,165), and Andhra Pradesh (about 800). Of the 37 lakh engineering seats, over 27 lakh have been lying vacant.