| By Vicky Pathare |
AICTE decision will not affect students; option for shift to other institutes with better infrastructure.
With fewer students seeking admission to technological courses across the country, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to shut down all engineering colleges that could fill only 30 per cent or less than the intake capacity for first-year engineering courses. The AICTE has taken the decision to find a solution for the institutes running in loses. Records for the last five years of these colleges will be checked before closing them. As per the record, if admission of students for the last five years is found to be 30 or less than 30 per cent, the closure action will be started. AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe, who was in the city for a programme in Fergusson College, said, “The number of students completing their engineering courses is huge and jobs available are less. We have taken care that the academic careers of students studying in these colleges will not be affected due to this decision. They will be shifted to other engineering colleges with 60 to 70 per cent seats filled.”
In Pune region (Pune, Solapur, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur), there are around 128 engineering colleges. The college management in this region, too, are concerned as they cannot run the colleges with negligible number of students. According to educationists, unqualified faculty and lack of hostel facilities are some of the reasons for less students taking admission in certain colleges. D R Nandanwar, joint director (technical education), Pune region, said, “Since the last four years, the condition of engineering colleges in our region is dismal. Most of the colleges are able to fill only 40 per cent of the intake capacity. The decision can cause closure of 40 per cent of engineering colleges in the Pune region alone.” Sahasrabudhe added, “The intake capacity of students in junior colleges for higher secondary courses in the science stream is less compared to seats in engineering. This has led to fewer students taking admission for engineering courses.” – Courtesy