Huge Engineering College Shutdown from 2018!

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has came up a with a decision to shutdown all the engineering colleges which have had a poor admission intake consistently over the last few years. This decision is made after a lot of engineering seats were going vacant in colleges across the country reflecting the poor quality of education in those institutes over the last few years. Let’s see how this engineering college shutdown might take place, through this article.

Option to completely shutdown or merge with other colleges

As per this decision, those colleges which failed to fill more than 30% of their total engineering seats continuously for 5 years will have to shutdown. However the colleges also have a choice of merging with nearby choices if they don’t prefer complete shutdown of operation. This decision was made after a detailed analysis of the student intake of all the engineering colleges across the country in the last five years and a list was prepared of the colleges failing to meet the criteria. This list is not made public yet but is supposed to consist of over 800 colleges. These colleges will have to make a choice on closing down or merging with another college and the change will be effective from the next academic year.

Over the previous few years, many colleges have also resorted to the option of progressive closure whereby the colleges stop admitting new students in the first year and then do the same for the second, third and fourth year in the next three years, until the final batch of current students is graduated. Last year, around 150 colleges got shutdown this way with the number already reaching 70 this academic year.

Engineering education in India

There are around 10,363 engineering colleges in the country, constituting more than 37 lakh engineering seats. Due to poor infrastructure and below par faculty at some of the institutes, plenty of seats were left vacant forcing the AICTE to make few major decisions that helps towards improving the quality of education. AICTE also made engineering internships mandatory for second and third year students to make them industry-ready making the process of placements less stressful.

That’s all about the engineering college shutdown that could happen in 2018.

AICTE could make a few more important decisions along these lines and you can keep updated yourself with those by following Toppr.

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