A number of engineering colleges have had to approach the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to reduce intake by almost 1.3 lakh B.Tech and M.Tech seats from the new academic year starting July.
The situation has been mandated in view of a large number of vacant seats in these engineering colleges.
As per AICTE’s provisional data, 83 engineering institutes that collectively offer 24,000 seats have applied for closure.
Similarly another 494 colleges have sought permission to discontinue some undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes, it was informed.
Even as the AICTE hasn’t taken a final decision yet, it is likely that it would accept all requests for winding up of colleges.
The AICTE is also expected to approve about 80 per cent of requests for partial or complete closure of selected engineering programmes.
The final figures will be available in the first week of May of this year.>