Bhubaneswar: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided not to close down the technical colleges that have recorded less than 30 percent admissions in the last five years.
As per the new amendment mentioned by the AICTE in its Approval Process Handbook (2018 – 2019), the Council shall reduce 50 percent of the approved intake in the courses where admission is less than 30 percent for the past five years consistently. Besides, the Council will close the Courses that have recorded zero admission in the past five years.
This decision of AICTE will bring improvement in the number of vacant seats in State, said OJEE chairman Tushar Kumar Nath.
"AICTE will reduce upto 50 percent seats of the institutes that have recorded less than 30 percent admission in the last five years. This step by AICTE will solve the repeatedly raised vacany issue in State as seats in Odisha will be on and around 20,000," said Nath.
On the other hand, few experts have strongly criticised the AICTE's decision. They said it will just bring an improvement in the number of seats but will not bring any actual change.
"While statistics claim there are 70 percent seats vacant in State, it will come down to 30 percent but the teachers and strength of students will remain the same. There will be no change because of the decision," said member of BPUT’s Board of Management, Sunil Sarangi.
The AICTE had earlier in August, decided to close down technical colleges which had recorded less than 30 percent admissions in the last five years. However, Odisha Private Engineering Colleges Association (OPECA) in a letter to AICTE had asked the latter to consider closing colleges based on admissions in the last three years rather than five years.
OPECA has welcomed the amendment brought by AICTE on its earlier decision.
"We had requested the AICTE earlier. Now it has decided to reduce 50 percent of the approved intake in the courses where admission is less than 30 percent for the past five years. We welcome this decision of AICTE," said Secretary of OPECA, Binod Das.