Srinagar: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has been approached by Engineering colleges, left with large number of vacant seats, asking to reduce intake by almost 1.3 lakh B.Tech and M.Tech seats from the new academic year starting July, Indian express reported.
Quoting AICTE’s provisional data the IE report says that , 83 engineering institutes that collectively offer 24,000 seats have applied for closure.
“Another 494 colleges have sought permission to discontinue some undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes, which would reduce the national intake by another 42,000 seats. That apart, 639 institutes have requested the regulator to reduce their intake by 62,000 seats collectively,” reads the IE report.
These applications represent a proposed cut of almost 1.3 lakh B.E/B.Tech and M.E/M.Tech seats.
“The AICTE hasn’t taken a final decision yet but sources told The Indian Express that it is likely to accept all requests for winding up of colleges. It had decided last year to facilitate closure of technical institutions even if applicants are not able to procure No Objection Certificates from the state governments,” the report claims.
The AICTE is also expected to approve about 80 per cent of requests for partial or complete closure of selected engineering programmes. The final figures will be available in the first week of May.