State says no to new engineering colleges

Demand low, edu dept to stop approvals for new colleges or more seats for year

Acknowledging that there have been few takers for engineering seats, the state education ministry will stop approvals for more engineering seats and new colleges in the state. The state's higher and technical department will not accept endorsement for any more engineering colleges in the state for at least a year or until the remaining vacant seats are filled up.

According to the figures released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that is directly approached by the colleges for approval, last September, there were more than 30,000 seats vacant in the engineering faculty, while another 30,000 seats were yet to be filled in management institutes.

Starting from next year, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) office will set up a committee to conduct a hands-on survey in the state to check the industry requirements and the number of graduates in each area to get an accurate estimate. 

SK Mahajan, director, DTE, said, "The state government has issued guidelines to the AICTE that no approvals should be given for new seats or colleges in engineering stream unless the remaining seats are filled up, as it is learnt that the vacancy is owing to glut of engineering colleges in the state."

He said the DTE was in the process of conducting a research across colleges in the state to know where
the requirements for seats were few and the reasons behind it. Rajesh Tope, minister for higher and technical education, said, "We have been noticing for some time that the demand for engineering colleges is low.

We will wait over for a year before giving approval for any more seats."  He said the ministry has asked the DTE to conduct a research and chalk out a plan for distribution of seats for the engineering stream. Earlier, the DTE in order to fill up the vacant seats had also modified certain norms and criterion for eligibility and qualification to simplify admissions and had also reduced the cut-off marks to 45 per cent instead of the usual 50 per cent but it made no difference in demand.

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