Around 26 institutions in Andhra Pradesh that have received notices from the AICTE, 23 are in Maharashtra and 12 colleges are in Uttar Pradesh. 6 institutions in Tamil Nadu, including one business school, have been asked to explain their position. Colleges in Erode, Dharmapuri and Theni have been asked to explain why they have not complied with the rules and regulations for setting up an institution.
Educational consultant Moorthy Selvakumaran said, "Many of the colleges have defaulted on the faculty and infrastructure requirements, but some have also been pulled up for offering applied science courses in engineering colleges."
Courses like BSc Information Technology, BSc Bioinformatics and MS IT are being offered in engineering colleges because IT companies that visit the college for placements are now more inclined to employ these graduates, who are expected to possess the same skills as BE/BTech graduates, at lesser cost to the company.
Senior academic and former vice-chancellor of Anna University E Balaguruswamy said, "As many as 40% of all engineering colleges can be closed down for want of faculty shortage, infrastructure requirement and harassment of students and faculty.
In Tamil Nadu alone, 200 colleges can be closed down." The colleges that have been issued notice have been asked to explain their non-compliance and the efforts taken to upgrade their institutions on April 16 and 17.
Earlier this month, Anna University had issued show-cause notices to 200 affiliated engineering institutions in Tamil Nadu. Vice-chancellor in-charge of the university P Kaliraj said, "This is not to threaten them. We are not closing down the institutions. This is only to get them to improve their quality. We are sure that they will meet the quality standards before the academic year."