The Government Bans Setting Up New Engineering Colleges In The Next Two Years

Aadhya Khatri - Feb 25, 2020


The Government Bans Setting Up New Engineering Colleges In The Next Two Years

The situation is so bleak that even candidates who scored zero got admitted, yet engineering colleges are only half full

The government has recently banned the opening of any new engineering colleges in India until 2022. Earlier this month, in an announcement, AICTE (stand for All India Council for Technical Education) made public that new applications would not be accepted in the next two years.

Here are the reasons behind this move:

Timeline Of The Ban

In the new AICTE handbook for the upcoming academic year, the council said that the ban was applied as the result of the likely future demand and the number of vacant seats. No new engineering institutes at postgraduate, undergraduate, or diploma level will be approved.

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In the new AICTE handbook for the upcoming academic year, the council said that the ban was applied as the result of the likely future demand and the number of vacant seats

After two years, the ban will be reviewed.

Reasons For The Ban

The ban is imposed with data of the 2019-2020 admission season, which had almost half of seats for technical remain unoccupied. According to the AICTE report, the ratio between vacant seats and the number of admitted students, the figure is 49.8%.

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The ban is imposed with data of the 2019-2020 admission season, which had almost half of seats for technical remain unoccupied

AICTE report also suggests that only six lakh graduates got accepted by employers during the campus interview.

The report warned that creating any new institute requires new physical infrastructures like labs or buildings to be built, which was a huge sum of investment. This was why the council advised against setting up more engineering institutes. The decision will be reviewed after two years.

From 2015 to 2018, India saw 518 technical colleges shut down. All over the country, Tamil Nadu has the largest number of vacancies in this field, followed by Andhra Pradesh as the runner-up and Maharashtra claiming the third spot.

The situation is so bleak that even candidates who scored zero got admitted, yet engineering colleges are only half full.

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