30% Engineering Seats to Be Reduced by AICTE
A decision to decrease the intake of the engineering students by 30%, from the upcoming academic session, has been taken by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
“In last one year alone, at least 27,000 seats in engineering colleges were reduced and in the coming year, it will be reduced by 30,000 to 40,000 seats. We are looking at final admission rate stabilizing at 70 percent of the total intake capacity, as against 40 to 50 percent prevailing at present,” said Dr Anil Saharsrabudhe, Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
He also said, “National regulator has adopted restrictive approach so far as opening of new institutions is concerned because quality of education is a concern. Since last year, National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has put in place stringent assessment without which expansion will not be allowed. Since vacancy is huge, a number of colleges are shutting down programmes. Though only about three engineering colleges shut shop last year, overall reduction of seats was 27,000.”
The total number of engineering seats was 1.85 lakhs in the year 2000 but it has now increased to 16.73 lakhs. There has also been a sizeable increase in polytechnic/diploma seats during this period i.e. from 2.1 lakh to 12.64 lakh.
Engineering colleges are facing a major problem of unavailability of quality educational experts holding M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees. The reduction in intakes will help the colleges in efficiently managing the student-teacher proportion.