Around 180 professional colleges, including engineering institutes and business schools, have shut down during the academic year 2020-21.The topmost technical institutions are closed in the last nine years, as per All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) data
Nearly 179 institutes have closedin the past five years. Based on the void of seats almost 134 institutes did not get the approvalalso. Hence making it unviable for continuing the institution.
Also, at least 44 institutes could not get approval or their approvals were withdrawn due to punitive action by the technical education regulator.
While 92 technical institutes had to close down in the 2019-20 academic session, the figures were given 89 (2018-19), 134 (2017-18), 163 (2016-17), 126 (2015-16) and 77 (2014-15).
Progressive closure means institute cannot admit the students for the first year during the academic year. However, the existing students will continue till completion of their course and their degrees are treated as valid.
In the academic year 2020-21, a total of 1.09 lakh seats approved by AICTE have been reduced in pharmacy and architecture institutions.
Depending on the statistics of official s, more than 69,000 seats in 762 colleges have been reduced due to reduction in intake or closure of a particular course or division.
“The approval process for year 2020-2021 was a considerable departure from the previous years on several counts. Due to the imposition and subsequent extensions of lockdown, the approval process was delayed. It was initiated in the month of May and completed in June end.
“Moreover, the rigorous scrutiny which was undertaken physically at various regional offices was conducted via an online process. This involved using online video-conferencing for stakeholders to connect, verification of infrastructure and campus facilities virtually and uploading digitally signed documents. Even though new Management and Polytechnic Engineering Institutes have added seats, there has been reduction in AICTE approved Seats,” the official said.
The AICTE has also given approval to 164 new institutes for the 2020-21 academic season, inculcating up to 39,000 seats.
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