There has been an over six-fold increase in the number of technical institutes across the country which have got approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to shut down since April. In its previous meeting,the AICTE had okayed the closure of 44 institutes,taking the total to 51 at present. This includes around 32 management institutes and the remaining are engineering and MCA institutes,said AICTE Chairman S S Mantha. In the first phase,seven institutes had received the Councils nod for closure.
We will have another meeting of the AICTE soon and the numbers are expected to go up further. In all,138 institutes had requested for closure, said Mantha.
Over the past few years,several states have been struggling with massive vacancies at its engineering and management institutes. This year,the AICTE had received applications for permission for closure from 138 institutes and the reason cited was low admission rates. Prominent among them were states such as Maharashtra,Andhra Pradesh,Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Among the institutes that have been given the go-ahead in the second phase,five are in Maharashtra and a large chunk is from Andhra Pradesh.
Academicians said only institutes with a robust academic life,flexible curriculum in sync with the changing market needs,quality faculty and good industry interaction or collaboration,would be able to survive the current market dynamics. This is especially true of management and engineering institutes. The two streams are in huge demand among students,but few institutes offer the kind of holistic education that can make students market/industry ready, said an academician.
Meanwhile,the number of new institutes approved to start from the 2012-13 academic year stands at 309. This includes engineering,management and polytechnic institutes. This number is also expected to go up after the next AICTE meeting. Over 200 applications to start new institutes this year across various technical disciplines were rejected by the AICTE.