The regulatory body from the government, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) is all set to close more than 800 non-performing engineering colleges across the country.
Actually, now no students come to these colleges for admission and for the last 5 years, these institutes are performing dismally or even nothing on the ground of admissions and teaching or academic activities.
The norms for the continuity of engineering colleges especially depend upon admission, infrastructure and full time academic activities all together. According to AICTE guidelines, any college not getting at least 30% of seats filled for last 5 years are not allowed to continue the same courses in the same colleges or deemed universities.
Following the strict norms by AICTE, colleges are urging the regulator to ease the norms and at least provide some chance to turn the engineering institutions into polytechnic institutes or science and arts colleges.
Due to the strict guidelines, around 150 engineering colleges shut down every year voluntarily and the picture of engineering education is becoming gloomy to gloomier in every progressing year. It becomes a trend in technical education field, especially in engineering education field for last 5 years.
The existing job scenario is very bad in almost all sectors and the jobs in engineering field are in great depression. Except the pass outs from IITs, NITs and some reputed private institutions, most students are without any job in India.
However, the closure of engineering institutions is a progressive one. It means the students who have already taken admission will be offered to complete their courses but no more fresh batch will be offered.