On Friday, The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said that it will close down all those colleges which, over the past five years, have not been able to fill more than 30 percent of the seats available.
According to the council, at present there are more than 2 lakh vacant seats at engineering colleges across the nation.
“In the past few years, the ACRE has been actively working on reducing the quantity of engineering institutions across the country due to poor demand and falling quality of education. We have also reduced the penalty for closing down an engineering institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut amid poor demand,” said AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabuddhe. He was speaking at a two-day world education summit on August 11.
Every year engineering colleges offer more than 37 lakh seats at 10361 engineering institutes across the nation. Of all the available seats only 10 lakh seats are filled by the students while rest of the seats remains vacant.
“State-of-the-art language labs will be set up in about 220 government colleges in Rajasthan starting this academic session as in this era of globalization knowledge of language is a necessity,” said Rajasthan Technical and Higher Education minister Kiran Maheshwari.