The Ministry of Human Resource Development has conveyed a message to all the centrally-funded technical institutions including the renowned Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) to shut down centers and courses which have few intakes.
The ministry has asked this institution to close down branches and courses which have seen a deterioration in applicants in the past three years.
The ministry has also asked the institutions to introduce new courses and disciplines after analyzing market opportunity, employability, and requirement of higher education.
This information was shared by the minister of state for HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
"All Centrally Funded Technical Institutions(CFTIs), which are participating in joint counsellings have been asked to review the position of vacant seats in the last three years and to revise the number of seats in each discipline after considering employment opportunities, national requirements, available infrastructure and scope for future," the minister said.
"New courses and disciplines may be introduced only after analyzing market opportunity, employability, and requirement of higher education/ research/ entrepreneurship. CFTIs may also consider the closure of some disciplines or keep them in abeyance for a few years after following the due process," he said.