AICTE approves Professional Institutes | Via Online Screening
100 professional institutes Approved: AICTE approves 100 Professional Institutes via online document screening and virtual tours. AICTE approved these colleges by keeping in mind all necessary documents online and conducting a virtual tour of the institute to check the infrastructure before signing off their approvals.
Over 100 new professional institutes engineering, management and pharmacy have received approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to start admissions for the 2020-21 year. Keeping in mind the nation-wide lockdown due to Covid-19. AICTE approved these colleges with all necessary documents online. They also conducted a virtual tour of the institute to check the infrastructure before signing off their approvals.
As per AICTE, a total of 58 new engineering colleges have been approved for the 2020-21 year, increasing by 16,333 seats. However, due to the gradual decline for engineering seats, more than 600 engineering institutes have observed a reduction in their seats. Another 140 institutes across the country have asked permission to shut down completely. This will further decrease the capacity of engineering institutes by over 1.22 lakh in the upcoming year.
The council had clarified that the requirement remains the same as the previous few years. This was done as the approval process couldn’t be delayed any further and therefore, we had to come up with a viable solution, said Anil Sahasrabuddhe, chairman, AICTE.
Once again this year, not a single new engineering institute has received approval in Maharashtra for 2020-21.
Last year, while new approvals have made way for 54,618 seats across diploma and undergraduate and postgraduate institutes, the total intake capacity of engineering institutes has gone down by over 2.20 lakh, including 99,806 diploma seats and 1.20 lakh UG and PG seats, owing to either closure of institutes or divisions in certain sectors.
Engineering institutes across the country are suffering and the majority have not managed to attract enough students over the years. The ban on institutes has been to ensure control over the mushrooming of institutes that don’t promise quality education.
Since the two-year ban on new engineering institutes, several institutes have sought permission to start new branches. Like in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Data Science and Analytics, Robotics, or the likes.
“Several branches of engineering including civil and mechanical are attracting very few students due to the low job offers. The software industry, on the other hand, is continuously evolving and thus attracting good jobs and students. Gopakumaran Thampi the principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra informed about these reports. He added that the reduction of seats and giving a boost to new dimensions in the field by engineering students.
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