As the engineering admissions are on, this time, there will be 10,000 less number of seats against the lakhs of them that are available. Reason for this is the closure of various colleges, some on their own accord and others due to substandard quality of service.
To be precise, around 28 technical institutions in Tamil Nadu are neither taking part in the counselling nor admitting students through other means. In short, they have zipped up the admission process for the current academic year since they are in closure condition.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe recently told that 22 colleges had applied for closure in the state. This comprises
- five engineering colleges (about 8,700 seats)
- 3 diploma colleges and
- 14 MBA/MCA institutes
Why are engineering colleges shutting down?
The engineering colleges are closing down due to the lack of sufficient of students.
Six other institutions were placed under the 'No admission' category by the AICTE due to deficiencies, said officials.
Among the six colleges, two were inspected last year while four others were inspected this year. "The six were placed under zero admission due to complaints and lack of facilities," said AICTE regional officer R Balamurugan. According to him, another 1,500 engineering seats will be reduced across these institutes. These colleges are located in places such as Kanyakumari, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem and Karaikal.
Adding to this, 154 other institutions have applied for reduction in intake, and closure of courses, AICTE officials informed. A surprise inspection was recently carried out on 311 colleges in the country of which 41 were in Tamilnadu.
What are the facilities that the engineering colleges lack?
The shortage vary from minor to major ones and include
- faculty shortage
- lack of infrastructure
- payment related issues
- issues related to 6th pay commission norms and
- planning approval
It is learnt that some of the colleges which had minor complaints were given a show cause notice and were given up to three months to address the issues. Some non-performing institutions have also been given a warning by AICTE.