A recent announcement by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) comes as a game changer to the Engineering courses. According to the new approval handbook released on Friday evening by AICTE, the number of BTech/BE seats in the country is set to go down by almost a lakh in 2018-2019.
This means that the colleges will reduce the students' intake by at least half. The varsities that already suffer less enrollment for engineering admissions will also be under the purview of this order.
Technical Courses in India
Engineering makes up 70 percent of the technical education seats in India.
Other technical courses
- Management (MBA)
- Computer applications (MCA)
- Town planning
- Hotel management
- Applied arts and crafts
Number of vacant engineering seats in 2017
According to AICTE report, of the 15.5 lakh BE/BTech seats in 3,291 engineering colleges across the country, over half (51 per cent) were vacant in 2016-17.
Also, reports are doing rounds that even deemed universities will come under the jurisdiction of AICTE for taking approval for the technical courses.
Rule to open a new college
It has been categorically mentioned in the handbook that Council will henceforth not permit the establishment of a new college if the state government concerned has refused a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to the applicant, based on a perspective plan.
What is a perspective plan?
A perspective plan maps the current situation of the industry, jobs and total seats in education, and uses that to predict the demand for engineers.
The bigger picture
A daily newspaper reported the glaring poor infrastructure of colleges, teaching methods and industry needs to be the reason for the poor condition of engineering graduates. This move by AICTE is set to alleviate the poverty condition of engineering education in India.