AICTE is about to close 800 Engineering colleges
BENGALURU: The All India Council for Technical Education is about to close down 800 engineering colleges across India as there are no admission or very low-density admissions in these institutions every year, AICTE chairman Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe told IO.
Approx 150 colleges which are closed down voluntarily every year due to stricter AICTE rules. According to a rule of the council, colleges that lack proper infrastructure and report less than 30% admissions for five consecutive years will have to be shut down, he pointed out.
Sahasrabudhe in Bengaluru on Friday inaugurate the ‘Green Hand’ sculpture, signifying To inspire people to plant trees, develop a culture of care towards the environment and make them realize their inevitable dependence on nature.
From 2014-15 to 2017-18. 20 of these institutions are in Karnataka. Most of the institutions were approved for closure in 2016-17. Telangana, UP, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have the maximum number of colleges which have sought progressive closure.
The closure means any blacklisted college cannot admit students to the first year in that academic year, for which closure is granted. however, the existing students will continue. He also advised engineering colleges and universities to revise and renew their syllabus, which is the major cause behind the fall in the number of admissions and quality of education they impart.
With the quality of engineering education and balance in the number of engineering students and their employability being big challenges, AICTE has introduced the plan for teachers’ training.”Most engineering college professors or lecturers are MTech or Ph.D. holders. They don’t usually have experience in teaching aspiring engineers. FROM Now, any engineering college lecturer a new joining will have to undergo six months of exclusive and compulsory training so that they have the best knowledge regarding subjects and can train future engineers better. Existing engineer lecturers have three years to undergo this training compulsorily,” Sahasrabudhe said.
AICTE is also looking at making engineering students ready so that they are hired on time. From this year onwards, every second and 3rd-year student will have to undergo internship compulsorily so that they are hired even before campus placements.
“Internship is the time when most students are observed by companies and have a fair chance of being absorbed. So it’s better to be hired that way instead of depending on just five minutes of the interview at campus placements. My advice to budding engineers is that they should be attentive and hardworking during the internship,” the chairman said.