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IndiaToday.in |  New Delhi | September 21, 2015  |

In a bid to tackle the problem of degrading education quality for aspiring engineers All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to cut its undergraduate seats by 40 percent. The council will also shut down some schools and decrease the number of admissions over the next few years.AICTE is the statutory body and national level council for technical education in India under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. According to the reports, AICTE is likely to bring down the number of of engineering students from 16.6 lakh to 10 lakh- 11 lakh. In the year 2015, the council has shut down 556 courses/departments of engineering colleges. The problem was spotted when companies recruiting from various engineering colleges started complaining about the quality of students. Except for few top colleges like IITs and BITS-Pilani, other students from other colleges suffered due to lack of poor infrastructure and faculty. The poor quality of education at these institutes create many unemployable graduates every year.

According to a survey published by Nasscom, only 17.5% of total engineering students got employment in 2011. The demand-supply imbalance is also one of the major reasons for the increasing number of unemployed engineers every year. The intake capacity of engineering colleges is much higher as compared to the demand in the market. The council has received 1,422 applications seeking the permission to shut down. However, they have made clear that no engineering school will be forced to shut down. The council will also check that these educational properties, after the shut down, do not turn into a real state business.- Courtesy

AICTE may reduce intake of engineering programmes by 30% : 

The Hindu,

The All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), apex body on technical education, is actively considering reducing intake in engineering colleges by 30 per cent over next few years. AICTE chairman Anil Saharsrabudhe here on Monday hinted that situation may improve marginally and finally settle at 70 per cent of total intake capacity as against filling up of little over 50 per cent of engineering seats across the country. In last one year, 27,000 seats were slashed, the reduction in engineering seats could happen by approximately similar rate during next few years, he said. Last year, three engineering collages had closed down. Mr. Saharsrabudhe, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of conference ‘Road Map on Technical Education in Odisha: Present and Future Perspectives,’ organised by Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) along with NIST, said AICTE was giving more emphasis on quality of engineering programmes at the time of giving approval for new educational institutions.

Intake capacity of engineering programmes has gone up exponentially from 1.85 lakh undergraduate engineering seats in 2000 to 16.73 lakh now. Odisha also suffers from problem of plenty as out of 1.5 lakh seats in technical institutions, just 88,000 have been filled in the State. The AICTE chairman said apart from the issue of quality, students were not keen to study in remote parts of the country. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “With fast industrialisation and globalisation, the engineering and professional segments need to be treated differently to cater to the need for quality and skilled manpower. Along with quality faculty in technical education, the universities should take expeditious steps for revision of curriculum and syllabus with thrust on soft skill development, industry exposure and inter disciplinary studies.”- Courtesy

AICTE to cut number of engineering college seats by 600,000 : Live Mint : Sep 20 2015 : Prashant K. Nanda

India’s technical education regulator is seeking to stem a decline in the quality of education and address the issue of vacant seats…

New Delhi: India’s technical education regulator is looking to cut the total number of undergraduate engineering seats by as much as 40% over the next few years by shutting some schools and reducing student intake in some others, as it seeks to stem a decline in the quality of education and address the issue of vacant seats. “We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh (one million and 1.1 million) from a little over 16.7 lakh now,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The capacity should come down for the betterment of all—students, education providers and employers—he added. Companies recruiting from engineering colleges in India have often complained about the quality of graduates from institutions other than the top schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Many engineering colleges lack proper infrastructure, and most of their students, taught by poor-quality teachers, gain few employable skills at the end of the four years they spend to get a degree.

In fact, only 17.5% of engineering graduates were deemed employable in a 2011 survey by software industry lobby group Nasscom. India’s information technology (IT) industry spends nearly $1 billion a year to make them job-ready, the report said. At least 70% of engineering colleges in India are providing poor-quality education and this has led to reduced interest in the subject, said Raju Davis Parepadan, chairman of Kerala-based Holygrace Academy, which runs engineering colleges. “Authorities, especially AICTE, need to be strict with such institutions so that only serious players stay in the space and quality does not get hampered,” Parepadan said, adding that the situation in Kerala is bad and that some several thousand engineering seats this year are lying vacant. “So, closing down is one option, but the other option is due diligence so that serious players and serious students co-exist for mutual benefit. And employers get job-ready individuals.”

The employability of engineering graduates in various states ranges between 12% and 42%, according to a report by education assessment company Aspiring Minds. Only 18.43% of engineers are employable in software engineer-IT services roles, the report said. For jobs in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil engineering, a mere 7.49% are employable, it said. AICTE will only “facilitate the closure of engineering schools” entirely or in parts to achieve the target, said Sahasrabudhe, who took over as chairman in June. He, however, added that engineering colleges will not be forced to shut down. However, the large number of vacant seats is already taking a toll on engineering courses. As many as 556 engineering courses or departments have closed down this year alone, according to data available with AICTE. That number is, however, less than half the 1,422 applications that the regulator received seeking permission to shut engineering departments or courses. “The intake capacity right now seems to be much above the demand,” Sahasrabudhe said, adding that AICTE understands the need to balance the demand-supply situation. For the first time in several years, the overall number of engineering seats has come down by about 30,000 seats in 2015, according to AICTE. Student intake at the undergraduate level in engineering colleges started picking up from 2006-07. From 659,717 engineering seats in 2006, it jumped to 1.22 million in 2010 and more than 1.67 million in 2015. India has more than 3,470 engineering colleges. Sahasrabudhe said he would take up the issue in his next executive council meeting after consultations with the human resource development ministry. AICTE will, however, “ensure that students are not at the receiving end”, he added. “We shall also ensure that educational lands or properties are not converted into a real estate business by education players.” – Courtesy


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