All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) which regulates the technical education in the country said it may cut down engineering seats by 6 lakhs from the current 16.7 lakh.
Attributing the move to fall in quality education across the country, Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE’s chairman told Mint, “We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh from a little over 16.7 lakh now.”
The reduction process will be undertaken over the next few years either by reducing intake in some institution or by shutting down some of the institutions, he said.
Not only the decline in quality of engineering education but also the dwindling rates of their employability has been a sour reason for the industry and AICTE of late. NASSCOM’s 2011 survey showed that only 17.5 percent of the graduates are employable in the country.
Another Aspiring Minds’s report said only 18.43% of IT or computer engineers are employable while mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil engineering streams are employable at 7.49 percent.
Moreover, with many engineering seats remaining vacant, AICTE said it has received 1,422 applications to close down institutes or departments. This year alone, 556 engineering departments have been closed down. Currently, there are 3,470 engineering colleges in the country.