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Devalued Degree

Of the 15.5 lakh BE/BTech seats in 3,291 engineering colleges across the country, over half — 51 per cent — were vacant in 2016-17, according to data obtained by The Indian Express from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex body for technical education in the country. We take a look at what is going wrong.


No new engineering colleges from 2020, review every two years

January 19, 2019 7:25 am

As for approving additional seats in existing institutions, the AICTE will only grant approvals based on the capacity utilisation of the institute concerned.

Devalued Degree: Engineering seats down by 1.67 lakh, sharpest dip in five years

May 10, 2018 2:48 pm

The total number of B.Tech and M.Tech seats this year, across all AICTE-approved institutes, has dropped by 1.67 lakh, which is almost double the dip witnessed in 2017-18.

Do not approve any more engineering colleges for us, 6 states appeal to regulator

December 28, 2017 7:49 am

AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said that the Council has accepted the suggestions of four — Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana — of the six states and any future approval to new institutes there will only be given keeping their views in mind.

Devalued Degree: Least empty seats in Karnataka has lessons for other campuses

January 29, 2018 2:47 pm

An Express Investigation - Part IV: As engineering seats go unfilled across the country, as Brand BE/BTech steadily loses its lure, what explains Karnataka’s relative success?

Devalued Degree: To fill empty seats, colleges lower bar, hire agents to cast their net

January 29, 2018 2:36 pm

An Express Investigation - Part III: The middlemen are part of an ecosystem created by an uneven growth in engineering colleges over the last decade.

‘Young people may prefer driving a cab to pursuing engineering. This is a sectoral shift... need to track carefully’: Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman

February 02, 2018 12:48 am

An Express Investigation - Part III: There is a lack of due diligence on the part of the relevant regulator. The licenses for private providers of education have been given without the due diligence required, said Rajiv Kumar.

Devalued Degree: 7 of 10 seats empty, in engineering graveyard, few lessons come to life

January 29, 2018 2:57 pm

An Express Investigation - Part II: As many as 18 engineering institutes have closed down in Haryana since 2012, the third largest number after Andhra Pradesh (23 colleges wound up) and Telangana (21).

Impossible to run an institute without compromising on quality when there are so many unfilled seats: Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE Chairman

February 02, 2018 12:44 am

An Express Investigation - Part II: AICTE has already announced that institutions with 30 per cent or less admissions over the last five years to close down, said Anil Sahasrabudhe.

Prakash Javadekar: ‘Students must get quality education... Without quality, they are not going to seek admission’

February 02, 2018 12:47 am

An Express Investigation - Part I: Selective approvals confirmed by state perspective plans is the way forward, says HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Experts sound alarm bells: Dividend can be nightmare, Make in India at risk

February 02, 2018 12:47 am

An Express Investigation - Part I: According to a 2011 survey by Nasscom, only 17.5 per cent engineering graduates were deemed employable.