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AICTE has decided to put a hold on the set up of new engineering colleges till 2022. The All India Council of Technical Education has taken this decision after only 6 lakh graduates were able to get job offers out of the total 14 lakh seats. This means, more than 50 percent of engineering graduates are fighting big time to grab a job and hence are jobless as of now. To manage the existing engineering colleges in an organized way, AICTE has taken this decision to put a hold on setting up any new engineering college. This will perhaps help AICTE to focus on the quality of education and skill-building of students.
According to the AICTE data, nearly 518 colleges were closed during the period of 2015 to 2019 as the job ratio in the engineering and technical field as gone down drastically. Apart from this, AICTE was observed that every alternate seat in the technical stream remained vacant during the academic session 2019-20.
What is more disturbing is out of the 27-lakh engineering and technical seats in the Diploma and PG degree level only 13 lakhs of them were full during the academic session of 2019. This clearly suggests that there is a huge gap between engineering institutes and students’ education. In the wake, the council has decided to stop setting up any newer engineering colleges and rather focus on the betterment of existing engineering colleges in terms of faculty, facility and curriculum. Meanwhile, many professors and academicians agree to the fact that somewhere the mismanagement of technical education in India has led to the dearth of jobs for engineers and hence becoming hopeless now-a-days.
According to a report, the ratio of number of vacant seats and number of seats filled in technical colleges is in all-time low, which is 49.8 percent as of now. In recent times, engineering colleges in India have mushroomed in big numbers, which are willing to offer admission to candidates without considering their merit. Therefore, such colleges need to be closed, and therefore, AICTE has decided to put a hold on setting up new engineering colleges till 2022.