Compared to the past year, the number of seats in Postgraduate engineering institutes has increased to 160% and there is a 100% year-on-year growth in the number of new PG engineering institutes. According to AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) which is the country's technical education regulator, as many as 888 seats were added in 2012-13 compared to 342 in last year.
Moreover, 10 postgraduate institutes were opened at states like Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, which got two new PG Engineering institutes each and Kerala with 1 institute in 2012-13 whereas five in last year.
Andhra Pradesh had a huge number of aspirants applying for PG Engg courses say about 71,045 students applied for the PG Engineering Common Entrance Examination (PGECET) this year against 36000 students in previous year. Besides all these, the AICTE directive has also brought up a rule that faculty members at Engineering should have the minimum qualification of Postgraduate degree.
On the other hand, 5 PG Engineering colleges were shut down in 2012-13, against seven in 2011-12. The seat loss due to this stood at 342 in 2012-13, compared to 576 in 2011-12.
The industry experts say that, the number of students opting for postgraduate studies had come down by nearly 50% over the last two decades, resulting in an acute faculty shortage in a number of education institutions. In such case, the next academic year Andhra Pradesh which has more than 700 colleges alone shall have 70,000 vacancy posts to be filled.