The tradition of making to engineering colleges has come to an end. Since last year there is great fall in the admission to the engineering colleges. Engineering Institutes of India have failed to fill their seat since last few years. In such devastating situations, engineering institutes have approached All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to reduce the intake seat almost by 1.3 Lakh from the academic year starting July 2108.

According to the AICTE’s provisional data, 83 Engineering Institutes has applied 24,000 seats for closure. Heightening the situation is another 499 colleges seeking permission to discontinue some of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate engineering programmes. If the AICTE approves the proposal then it will lead to the reduction of national intakes by another 42,000 seats.

Apart from this 639 engineering institutes have requested AICTE to reduce their intakes to 62000 seats collectively. This proposal from the engineering institutes will result in the total cutoff od almost 1.3 lakh B.E/ and M.E/M.Tech seats. AICTE has not settled on any decision yet but according to the sources AICET is likely to accept all the request for winding up of the engineering institute. AICTE is also likely to approve 80 % of the proposal for the partial or complete closure of the selected engineering programme. The final figure of the same will be available by the 1st week of May.

It is expected that the technical education regulator is likely to impose the penalty on the institution for their poor admission process for the last five years. Since last five year, there is consistently reduction of 30% of students admitted in the technical courses including engineering resulting in the reduction of half seats from the new academic year. The programmes will be closed immediately where admission has been zero since this period. The AICTE had announced in its approval handbook late last year.

70% of the technical education seats in India is formed by the Engineering. Management (MBA), pharmacy, computer applications (MCA), architecture, town planning, hotel management and ‘applied arts and crafts’ form the rest.

According to the report published in December 2017, 3,900 engineering college in India were unable to fill 51% of the seat in last year. After the survey, it was found that the main factor to blame is poor infrastructure, lab and faculty, the strong gap in regulation, lack of a technology ecosystem for the advancement of the classroom, corruption, no linkages with industry, professional courses, and lack of employment opportunities.

According to the sources, the final figure for the engineering seat reduction will be balanced by the establishment of new institutions. This year, AICTE has received 64 application for the establishment of new engineering institutes and the proposal for the addition of 15,000 seats. The 247 existing engineering institutes in India have proposed for the expansion which will result in the addition of 25,000 seats approximately.