The quality of education in the engineering colleges has been a raging topic of discussion India. Low employability skills, lack of new job opportunities and overall poor education has led to a clampdown on many engineering colleges. The job market has also affected the college admissions trend. As per sources, soon a total of 800 engineering colleges might have to shut shop over the coming months.
Declining takers for the seats
As there are very few takers left for these seats, the All India Council For Technical Education has come to this harsh judgement. Admissions in these institutes have seen a deep plunge in the past few years, and the trend has continued ever since.
Approximately 150 colleges close their doors to students every year. And the stricter AICTE rules are not helping their cause. According to one of the rules of AICTE colleges that report less than 30% admission for five consecutive years and lack proper infrastructure will have to shut down.
Colleges seeking “progressive closure”
From 2014 to 2017 – 18, AICTE has approved the closure of 410 institutes across the country. Of these, 20 institutes are in Karnataka alone. Most numbers of colleges sought “progressive closure” in the academic year 2016 – 2017. The reason behind colleges seeking closure is the fact that people are now ready to explore other options and not force their kids in the mindless race of engineering colleges.
College admissions are suffering and so are these colleges which either seek progressive closure or turn to arts and science to survive. Low college admissions and the state of Engineering Colleges is one of the main reasons why the Government has issued the three internships rule. According to the new rule, college students will have to complete at least three internships during their academic year.
The move is also keeping in mind the increasing the need for the young generation to be employment ready.