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Andhra Pradesh: 180 Engineering Colleges Shut Down

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180 Engineering Colleges Shut Down in AP
Every year large number of institutes were set up and thousands of candidates applied to them. Around 1 lakh seats were added to the professional college every year. A decade later, the picture is one of the complete contrast in technical professional colleges since 2011.

The Department of Technical Education (DTE) of Andhra Pradesh announced that 81 engineering colleges are shut down in the state. After the completion of the EAMCET 2012 first and second round of counseling, no students joined in 23 colleges. In other 58 colleges less than ten students joined in each branch of engineering. These students are being transferred to other colleges.

Even after the counseling, spot admissions is being conducted for the engineering colleges and last date for spot admission is Nov 22, 2012. Since there is a facility to transfer the students to other colleges, students from 58 colleges which have only single digit students are transferred to other colleges. Around 5 thousand students were transferred to other colleges, even in few colleges have cancelled admission into some branches.

According to the sources, there are another 200 engineering colleges in which the number of students who joined is not more than 100 and these colleges may also cancel their admission. Engineering colleges managements will run the colleges only if there are at least 150 students in all the branches.

Overall in Andhra Pradesh, there are 687 engineering colleges, in which nearly 319 engineering colleges have less than 150 students took admissions in 2012. In 233 engineering colleges less than 100 students took admissions.

The colleges managements are worried because of less number of students taking admission in their colleges. They are saying that, if the students is so less. They cannot run the colleges. According to the educationalist, unqualified faculty, lack of hostel facility and infrastructure are few of the reasons for less number of students taking admission in some colleges.

Meanwhile, Department of Technical Education has taken a decision to conduct Task Force Inspections in Pharmacy, MBA and MCA colleges. In the first phase of inspections was held on 119 colleges and reports were submitted. In 684 engineering colleges inspections will be taken up by the end of Dec 30, 2012. Third phase of the inspections will be held from Nov 26 to Dec 01, 2012. In the fourth stage, 189 colleges will be inspected from Dec 10 to 15. In the fifth phase Task Force will conduct inspections in 139 colleges.

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