AICTE had approved 100 new engineering colleges and 82 management colleges in the academic year 2012-13.
AICTE chairman S S Mantha said "We have received 68 applications for new technical colleges from Maharashtra this year. Of these, 35 were for an engineering/technology college, and we have sanctioned 16. We have received 12 applications for management institutes and okayed only two. Of the 19 applications from the state seeking closure of colleges, we approved 10,"
Over all AICTE have received 575 applications for new colleges, in which 156 have been approved. Similarly, 106 institutes have been closed.
These institutes include 52 engineering colleges with 13,463 seats and 2245 management colleges with 11,692 seats.
Three of these engineering college have 840 seats, and 18 management colleges have 1,740 seats in Maharashtra.
"Of the seven applications from Maharashtra for closing down engineering/technology colleges, we allowed three to shut down. Similarly, of the six applications for closure of management colleges, we have sanctioned three," said Mantha.
SS Mantha said, "They must provide quality else they will be finished,"
Lack of students hits faculty too. One of the Principal from the Maharashtra state quits as principal from a new college a month after the academic year began. "When the college found out that it was not going to get students, they gave me only 50% of the salary promised," he said.
Even, managements hire fewer staff. Some faculty members are asked to handle more lessons or stay back to check hostels. Sources said new graduate is recruited as staff for the salary of Rs 4,000/- per month.