Updated: June 26, 2021 8:56:22 am
AS THE management council meeting of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) takes place on June 26, it will decide on the fate of several colleges that have sought permission from the university to shut down courses or even the entire institutions.
Among those that have sought permission to close down are Dr D Y Patil College of Engineering and Innovation, Maval, which runs two courses of BE (mechanical) and BE (civil), Vikhe Patil Foundation’s Pravara Centre for Management Research and Development, off Senapati Bapat Road, which has an MBA course with an intake capacity of 120 students, the Bachelor of Architecture course at Pravara Rural Education Society’s College of Architecture, Mohu, Vidya Pratisthan’s Indapur College of Architecture and the BE degree in electronics and telecommunication at Gopinath Munde Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik.
Over the past few years, colleges and institutes offering professional courses have been consistently closing down across the country, with Maharashtra having a high number of closures as well. The increasing number of vacant seats in engineering, MBA and architecture colleges owing to low demand from students has led to this scenario.
Data from the state CET cell shows nearly 45 per cent seats in first-year engineering courses have remained vacant, with over 95 per cent of vacancies in private unaided engineering institutes. Last year, of 55,000 vacant engineering seats, more than 54,000 were in private institutes.
On an average, at least 50 engineering colleges have been applying for closure every year, which prompted even the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to stop offering permission to new engineering colleges from 2020-21.
State CET cell figures show that the sheen of MBA is wearing off as well with one in every three available MBA and MMS seat finding no takers in academic year 2020-21.
Experts said an overall trend of decreasing demand from students for such courses besides loss of family income or jobs due to the pandemic might have led to the situation where colleges find no takers for courses and are now unable to sustain them.
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