All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has confirmed that there will be around 80,000 fewer seats in engineering this year.
“This year there will be around 80,000 seats less. Around 200 colleges have applied for closure as they were having very low admissions in the recent past,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairperson, AICTE as quoted by TOI.
The closure of the engineering colleges will, however, not impact the current batches as, “the colleges will continue to function till the current batches graduate. However, these colleges will not enroll new students from this year. So, effectively, these colleges will seize to function as engineering institutions from about three-four years from now,” he added.
AICTE has further stated that by 2022, at least 50 percent of all the programmes in technical institutions have to get their accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
Since 2016, the number of engineering seats has been on a decline. According to AICTE, it is around 75,000 annually. In 2016-17, total intake capacity at undergraduate level was 15,71,220, of which total enrolment was 7,87,127, which is just around 50.1 percent. In 2015-16, total intake was 16,47,155, of which enrolment was 8,60,357, which was 52.2 percent.
While the intake capacity decline started since 2014-15, enrolment has been on the decline since 2012-13, reaching 7.87 lakh in 2016-17 from that of 9.73 lakh in 2012-13.