The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is worrying that as many as half of seats in engineering colleges across the country are vacant. As most of technical colleges are in prviate sector, that makes dilute the quality of education. Already many companies are hesitating to recruit engineering graduates, fearing their skills are far from expectations.
Most of technical education institutions are not having qualified faculty and unable to provide practical training to their students. AICTE is now attempting to cleanup this mess. The AICTE said that the institutes that have more than 50% vacancy, and decent faculty and infrastructure facilities could be merged to avoid them being shut down. The applications that have been submitted for admissions in the engineering colleges are considerably lesser than the actual number of seats. Over the past few years, it has been observed that the numbers of vacant seats are increasing.
Merging of institutes makes institutes to put together their resources and also ensure that students get the best facilities and quality of education. This way, the AICTE won’t have to shut down institutes and leave students in a lurch. Due to this increasing vacancy at different engineering colleges in India, many states have been requesting the AICTE to not approve new colleges.
In December 2017 alone, six states-Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana have asked the AICTE to not approve new colleges as the demand for engineering seats in their respective states was consistently low. This year, the Maharashtra government also wrote a letter to the AICTE, requesting no permission to be granted to new diploma or degree engineering colleges for 2018-19, which was accepted. Still, 42% of the seats in Maharashtra’s Technical Institutes went vacant in 2018-19.
AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said that the requests of colleges to shut down have been accepted only after making sure that the students do not suffer. “We can’t choose to stop new colleges merely going by the figures in private engineering institutes because government institutes are doing very well,” he added.