Hundreds of private engineering colleges may face closure due to low enrollment

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is likely to ask over 300 private engineering colleges in India to stop operations from the 2018-19 academic sessions, a media report says.

Quoting sources, The Times of India reports that the ministry had decided to order these engineering colleges to shut operations as they had less than 30% enrollment for five consecutive years.

These colleges will be asked not to go ahead with the admission process for the year 2018-2019.

However, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is expected to ask all the colleges to consider alternate options such as converting to science colleges, skill development centres or vocational education institutes.

Explaining the rationale behind suggesting the alternate options, Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairperson of the AICTE told the daily, “We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own.”

As per a senior HRD official, 500 other engineering colleges were also under the radar for not being able to fill up the required number of seats for the courses, according to the daily

Nearly 150 of the 300 colleges that would be asked to shut down as engineering colleges have less than 20% enrollment, sources told the daily.

The AICTE is expected to finalise the matter by the end of December 2017 before the issuance of approvals to the colleges.

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