THE approvals given by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for the 2013-14 academic year once again highlight the demand-supply mismatch in technical education. While AICTE has approved only 20 new institutes in Maharashtra this year,it has also approved the closure of 10.
We received 68 applications for new technical colleges from Maharashtra this year. Of these,35 were for an engineering/technology college and we have sanctioned 16. We received 12 applications for management institutes and okayed only two. Of the 19 applications from the state seeking closure of colleges,we approved 10, said AICTE chairman S S Mantha.
Nationally,of the 575 applications for new colleges,156 have been approved. Similarly,of the 182 closure applications,106 have been approved.
The figures are in keeping with the trend for the last two years. AICTE allowed several technical institutes with a large number of vacant seats to shut shop in the last two years. These include 52 engineering institutes (13,463 seats) and 225 management institutes (11,692 seats).
Three of these engineering colleges (840 seats) and 18 management colleges (1,740 seats) were in Maharashtra. For the academic year 2012-13,AICTE approved 100 new engineering institutes and 82 management institutes.
Of the seven applications from Maharashtra for closing down engineering/technology colleges,we allowed three to shut down. Similarly,of the six applications for closure of management colleges,we have sanctioned three, said Mantha.
Meanwhile,of the four companies that had sought approval to start an institute from 2013-14 academic year,Madras Cements from Chennai has been given a go-ahead this year.
This makes it the first private sector company in the country allowed by AICTE to start an engineering institute. AICTE officials said Bharat Forge from Maharashtra and TechMahindra from Hyderabad will apply again next year.