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

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Nearly 180 skilled faculties, together with engineering institutes and enterprise colleges, have shut down through the educational 12 months 2020-21, the best count of closure of technical establishments within the last 9 years, based on All India Council of Technical Eduction (AICTE) knowledge.

Besides the closure of 179 institutes, a minimum of 134 institutes didn’t search approval this 12 months in view of enormous count of seats mendacity vacant over the past 5 years thus making it unviable for persevering with the establishment.

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Also, a minimum of 44 institutes couldn’t get approval or their approvals have been withdrawn resulting from punitive motion by the technical schooling regulator.

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

Progressive closure means institute can’t admit the scholars for the primary 12 months through the educational 12 months, nevertheless, 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 100,090 seats accepted by AICTE have been decreased in pharmacy and structure establishments.

“As per latest Supreme Court judgement, for functioning of current and organising of recent Architecture and Pharmacy faculties, approval of solely ‘Council of Architecture’ and ‘Pharmacy Council of India’ respectively will probably be obligatory from educational Year 2020-2021,” a senior AICTE official mentioned.

“As a end result, the approval of AICTE has been made non-mandatory. Consequently, many of those faculties have withdrawn their affiliation & approval from AICTE leading to bulk discount of seats. Effectively, the seats of pharmacy and structure have now been taken over by their respective regulatory our bodies,” he added.

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

“The approval course of for 12 months 2020-2021 was a substantial departure from the earlier years on a number of counts. Due to the imposition and subsequent extensions of lockdown, the approval course of was delayed. It was initiated within the month of May and accomplished in June finish.

“Moreover, the rigorous scrutiny which was undertaken bodily at numerous regional workplaces was performed through a web based course of. This concerned utilizing on-line video-conferencing for stakeholders to attach, verification of infrastructure and campus services just about and importing digitally signed paperwork. Even although new Management and Polytechnic Engineering Institutes have added seats, there was discount in AICTE accepted 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.

[Attribution Business Standard]

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