Alarm bells ring over closure of tech institutes

Bhubaneswar: A number of engineering colleges in the state are planning to shut down their branch institutes due to dearth of students. The authorities of respective colleges have reportedly sought permission from the State government to stop admission from the coming academic session.
International Institute of Engineering and Technology in Bhubaneswar is one among the few which applied before the State Technical Education and Training department to close the institute permanently. This is not the single case, as many as 16 such colleges which are facing similar situation have decided to close some of their branches.
The Technical Education and Training Department Secretary has apprised the AICTE regarding this.
“Naturally, the colleges which are lacking students are forced to close down. The colleges are now sick like industries. So, we have demanded rehabilitation package for these colleges,” Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) secretary Binod Das said.
According to sources as many as 63,000 students cleared the joint entrance examination for 2012- 13 to take admission at 98 engineering colleges functioning in the state. Even after four phases of counseling, about 27,000 seats remained vacant in various colleges. Interestingly some colleges even failed to admit a single student. At least 50 per cent seats remained vacant in 70 technical colleges, sources said.