The State governments has requested the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to reject any fresh proposals for starting new engineering colleges. The anxiety was caused as a large number of Engineering seats are going vacant these years. Almost 2 lakh seats were unfilled after the admission procedure was complete this year. S.S.Mantha, the chairman of AICTE which is the umbrella body for the professional education in the country said “We have received letters from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Chattisgarh governments telling us not to clear proposals for Engineering Institutes”. According to the sources Maharashtra would also soon send a proposal on the same act.
There are lots of Engineering colleges in India even though there is a deficiency of 56,000 Phd candidates and 82,000 M.Tech Graduates. Last year 35% of the seats in the rural areas were left unfilled due to the lack of basic facilities. This year AICTE has increased some more seats for such colleges, As they have a team to inspect the colleges they have given approval for the colleges which have provided a bond stating that they have all the facilities. This year, AICTE lowered the eligible percentage to get admissions in engineering colleges assuming that the number of admissions may go up. But even this could not fill all the seats.
In order to map and control the growth of colleges, AICTE has asked the State government to pass on the viewpoints of all universities so that the colleges can act accordingly.