THE HANS INDIA | March 16,2016 |
Hyderabad: About 40 private engineering and polytechnic colleges, that are offering programmes in engineering, polytechnic, management and computer applications, are on the verge of closure in Telangana.
- Lack of students, strict implementation of rules compel closure
- More will be closed once govt clears the fee reimbursement dues
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) which had called for opening and closure for colleges has received about 40 applications for closure from private managements from Telangana. That apart, more than 300 colleges have approached AICTE for reducing intake for undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the next academic year citing non-availability of students. According to sources, not many college managements were inclined to start new colleges in the next academic year 2016-17 as there were no takers for engineering programmes. While there were 86,313 convenor quota seats in 228 colleges, only 53,347 were filled and more than 29,000 remained vacant during 2015-16 academic year. Besides, five colleges registered zero admissions and 29 colleges registered single digit admissions.
The strict guidelines laid down by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH) for affiliation has compelled the college managements either to close or to go in for slash in the intake. Sources said the private college managements were apprehensive that they may not get their due share of fee reimbursement arrears from the government. “More number of colleges is likely to be closed once the government releases fee reimbursement arrears,” said the owner of a private engineering college. A member of Telangana Private Engineering and Professional Colleges Managements Association said the government had assured the colleges to clear the tuition fee arrears by the end of March. According to sources, the colleges should pay Rs 3 lakh and have no objection certificate from the university concerned for shutting down. “After verifying documents, colleges will be inspected. If everything is satisfactory, colleges will be allowed to shut down,” said sources. – Courtesy