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Live Mint | Wed, January 27 2016 | Prashant K Nanda |

AICTE data shows that the number of engineering seats has grown from 3,200 in 1947 to 1,844,642 in 2015-16.  Looking at the current realities, the AICTE too is eager to reduce the engineering intake in the country by almost 600,000 seats over the next few years.

New Delhi: Since Independence, engineering seats have grown 576 times but in the face of poor employability and sluggish job creation, the growth has started ebbing for the first time in several years. As per data compiled by technical education regulator All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the number of engineering seats in the country saw a dip in growth for the first time since 2007. In 2015-16, India had a total intake capacity of 1.84 million, down from 1.9 million in 2014-15, an all-time high. AICTE data shows that the number of engineering seats has grown from 3,200 in 1947 to 1,844,642 in 2015-16.

“The growth of technical education in the country before Independence was very slow. The number of engineering colleges and polytechnics (including pharmacy and architecture institutions) in 1947 was 44 and 43, with an intake capacity of 3,200 and 3,400 respectively,” according to the regulator’s website. “Due to efforts and initiatives taken during successive Five-Year Plans and policy changes in the eighties to allow participation of private and voluntary organisations in the setting up of technical institutions on a self-financing basis, the growth of technical education has been phenomenal,” the regulator said. But in recent times poor quality of education and lack of job creation have given rise to the debate over whether “we need so many engineers”. Looking at the current realities, the AICTE too is eager to reduce the engineering intake in the country by almost 600,000 seats over the next few years. In its new approval process for professional colleges, the technical education regulator has eased the process for closure of technical colleges in the country, Mint reported on 27 January. – Courtesy


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