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AICTE Approves Closure of 103 technical courses in Tamil Nadu

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The New Indian Express |  Ram M Sundaram | ENS | 23rd September 2015 |

CHENNAI: The All India Council for Technical Education has approved closure of 103 technical courses offered by various institutions in Tamil Nadu. One in seven courses shut down by colleges across the country are in Tamil Nadu. Citing poor employment scenario and declining student interest in 2015, institutes in the State have sought permission from AICTE to close down around 168 courses in technical subjects. An AICTE official said the technical education regulator has approved discontinuation of 103 technical courses in 2015-16. The courses include engineering, management, pharmacy, architecture and management in computer application.

According to AICTE data, 45 per cent of technical courses closed so far this year are from two states — Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. AICTE has approved only half of the closure applications made from both the states. AICTE Vice Chairman Avinash S Pant said for the first time in decades, student admission in technical institutions has come down by 70,000 to 75,000 and hence the focus would be more on consolidation. Welcoming this, former Anna University Vice Chancellor, E Balagurusamy said with more than a hundred engineering colleges recording two digit student admissions, 10 to 15 per cent pass percentage, it is better to voluntarily close if it was economically non-viable. Not only AICTE, but the State government and Anna University should focus more on consolidation, improving quality of students rather than producing mere degree holders which was a creating a lot of social problems, he added. AICTE has also extended the deadline for closure of courses up to December 30 since many institutions have problems in obtaining the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the State government. The earlier deadline was March 30. – Courtesy


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