New Delhi, April 8: Starting academic session 2018-19, there will be at least 80,000 less number of engineering seats, as per All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the national-level council for technical education, which states that as many as 200 subpar engineering colleges have applied for closing down. The AICTE further states that the decline in enrollment since the year 2012-13 is the reason behind the lesser number of seats. The enrollment of students in engineering courses have gone down by nearly 1.86 lakh in the last few years which is roughly around 75,000 less students annually. Looking at the statistics of 2016-17, the students enrolled for engineering courses was just around 50 per cent. Similarly, in the year 2015-16,  enrollment of students was merely 52 per cent.

According to AICTE, the colleges who have applied for closure, will not be taking any more students but will be functioning till the time the enrolled students graduate. Speaking on the closure of 200 engineering colleges, AICTE Chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe said,”This year too there will be round 80,000 seats less. Around 200 colleges have applied for closure as they were having very low admissions in the recent past.” Seeing that only 10 per cent of the programmes are accredited in India, the AICTE has also issued an order that at least 50 per cent of all the programmes in engineering colleges will have to get their accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

However, all these changes, such as the decrease in number of seats, closure of subpar colleges and accreditation of programmes, will not affect the students or the engineering occupation in the long run. As per an Human Resource Development (HRD) official, the institutions which have applied for shutting down have not had even 20 per cent enrollemnt in engineering courses during last three to four years. Elucidating on this fact, the official said that even students do not prefer going to these colleges as they are inferior to other colleges. He also added that going by the increase in the number of seats in elite colleges like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs), students would not find it difficult to secure a place for themselves out there.