AICTE to reduce 6 lakh engg seats

New Delhi: All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) may reduce about 600,000 engineering seats in colleges over the next few years over concerns about the dismal quality of education across India.

National media reports said the regulatory body will shut some schools and reduce the intake of students in some others over the next few years in order to stem a decline in the quality of education and address the issue of vacant seats.

“We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh from a little over 16.7 lakh now,” AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe was quoted as saying by Mint newspaper.

According to AICTE, it has received 1,422 applications seeking permission to shut engineering departments or courses. AICTE sources said, this year alone as many as 556 engineering courses or departments have closed down.

“The intake capacity right now seems to be much above the demand,” Sahasrabudhe said, adding that AICTE understands the need to balance the demand-supply situation.

Sahasrabudhe stated that AICTE will only “facilitate the closure of engineering schools” entirely or in parts to achieve the target. He also said engineering colleges will not be forced to shut down and the regulatory body will “ensure that students are not at the receiving end”.

India has more than 3,470 engineering colleges.