179 skilled faculties shut down this 12 months, highest in final 9 years


New Delhi, July 28

Nearly 180 skilled faculties, together with engineering institutes and enterprise faculties, have shut down in the course of the educational 12 months 2020-21, the best variety of the closure of technical establishments within the final 9 years, based on All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) information.

Besides the closure of 179 institutes, no less than 134 institutes didn’t search approval this 12 months in view of a lot of seats mendacity vacant over the previous 5 years thus making it unviable for persevering with the establishment.

Also, no less than 44 institutes couldn’t get approval or their approvals had been withdrawn as a consequence of punitive motion by the technical schooling regulator.

While 92 technical institutes needed to shut down within the 2019-20 educational session, the figures had been 89 (2018-19), 134 (2017-18), 163 (2016-17), 126 (2015-16) and 77 (2014-15).

Progressive closure means institute can not admit the scholars for the primary 12 months in the course of the educational 12 months, nonetheless, the prevailing college students will proceed until completion of their course and their levels are handled as legitimate.

In the educational 12 months 2020-21, a complete of 1.09 lakh seats accepted by the AICTE have been decreased in pharmacy and structure establishments.

“As per recent Supreme Court judgement, for the functioning of existing and setting up of new Architecture and Pharmacy colleges, approval of only ‘Council of Architecture’ and ‘Pharmacy Council of India’, respectively, will be mandatory from the academic year 2020-2021,” a senior AICTE official mentioned.

“As a result, the approval of the AICTE has been made non-mandatory. Consequently, many of these colleges have withdrawn their affiliation and approval from AICTE resulting in a bulk reduction of seats. Effectively, the seats of pharmacy and architecture have now been taken over by their respective regulatory bodies,” he added.

According to official statistics, over 69,000 seats in 762 faculties have been decreased as a consequence of a discount in consumption or closure of a specific course or division.

“The approval process for the 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,” an official mentioned.

“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 a reduction in the AICTE-approved seats,” the official mentioned.

The AICTE has additionally granted approval to 164 new institutes for the 2020-21 educational season, including as much as 39,000 seats. PTI



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