02 Dec

Private engineering colleges likely to shut down: According to HRD sources, over 300 institutions which would be asked to close operations as engineering colleges from the 2018-19 academic session. All these Educational institutions will be barred from undertaking any fresh admissions.The decision would come because these colleges secured less than 30% enrolment over the past five years, the Times of India has reported.A senior HRD ministry official said another 500 engineering institutions are facing scrutiny for not filling up seats.

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 According to the chairperson All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a national-level council for technical education under Department of Higher Education, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, has asked all such colleges to find out other options such as converting to science colleges or vocational education institutions.As Per Reports 3,000 private engineering institutions are offering undergraduate courses with 13.56 lakh students.
However, of these colleges, there are about 800 engineering colleges which have enrolment percentage of less than 50 percent.According to Union Ministry of Human Resource Development sources, of these, 300 colleges are about to face the axe and about 150 colleges have less than 20 percent filling.In September, several reports had suggested that the AICTE is planning to shut down 800 engineering colleges due to admission rates are high in such institutions.
According to the AICTE rules, colleges that register less than 30 percent admission annually for five consecutive years and those that lack proper infrastructure have to be closed.Reports also suggest that every year about 150 colleges stop operations voluntarily for failing AICTE rules.
Instead of closing these colleges down, the authorities have been asked to choose alternative options such as converting to science colleges or vocational education institutes, TOI reported.  This decision will be finalised by the end of 2017 before the AICTE council approves the conversion of such colleges. Nearly 300 Private engineering colleges likely to shut down