New Delhi: The All India Council of Technical Education has decided to put a halt on set up of new engineering colleges till 2022 after only six lakh graduates fetched jobs this year out of a total of 14 lakh seats.

As per the AICTE data, as many as 518 colleges were shut down during the period of 2015 to 2019 as the superfluity has gone down drastically in the technical field. During the admission season in 2019-20, the council noted, every other technical seat in the stream remained vacant.

There are a 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. The demand for these seats has been lowering year by year at a significant rate, and it is likely to remain the same in the near future, AICTE noted.

“The hopeless engineers and sluggishness in the industry are leading to a massive breakdown of technical education in India,” said GD Yadav, former vice-chancellor, Institute of Chemical Technology.

Interestingly, as per the Reddy Report, the number of seats filled to the number of seats created in the last decade was as low as 49.8 per cent.

The government had lined up scores of engineering colleges, over the past few decades, letting students – even those who scored a zero in their entrance tests – get admission in colleges. As a result, colleges are suffering because of a lackadaisical attitude, poor quality of teaching, lack of expert faculty and limited to no placements.