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50% of seats vacant, no new engineering colleges for 2 years: AICTE

Insufficient Engineering Jobs

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In News:

  • In light of 50% seats remaining vacant in many institutes, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has barred opening of new engineering colleges for the next 2 years.

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Insufficient Engineering Jobs

Recommendations of AICTE

  • The All India Council for Technical Education will not accept any fresh applications for setting up new institutes till 2022.
  • AICTE has also put a cap on new courses and will allow starting of new courses only in emerging disciplines like Artificial Intelligence and Block chain.
  • There should also be no further increase in seats in engineering college and creation of new capacity should be reviewed every two years starting from 2020.

Background:

  • Engineering and technical education has been under the scanner in the past few years with questions being raised about poor employability of graduates in the country.
  • Between 2015 and 2019, a total of 518 engineering colleges shut down.
  • The decision draws upon the experience of the admission season of 2019-20.
  • There are total of 27 lakh technical seats across the country – including diplomas and postgraduate courses – and only 13 lakh of them were full in the 2019-20 session.
NOTE: In 2019, only six lakh graduates fetched jobs out of a total of 14 lakh seats.
NOTE: With a glut in B.Tech institutes across India, Colleges are suffering from poor quality of teaching, lack of adequate faculty and no job offer at the end.

About AICTE:

  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a national-level Apex Advisory Body to conduct a survey on the facilities available for technical education.
  • It promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner.
  • Objectives:
    1. Promotion of Quality in Technical Education.
    2. Planning and Coordinated Development of Technical Education.
    3. System Regulations and Maintenance of Norms and Standards.

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