The All India Council of Technical Education, the apex body on technical education is planning to reduce intake of the engineering colleges by 30% which is somewhere around six lakh for the upcoming few years. The step is being taken keeping in mind the growing number of engineering seats going vacant across the country.
Anil Sahasrabudhe, the chairman of AICTE hinted that the situations will improve in the long run but marginally and will finally settle at 70 per cent of total intake capacity as against filling up of little over 50 per cent of engineering seats across the country. Further he added, “We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh from a little more than 16.7 lakh now. The capacity should come down for the betterment of all- students, education providers and employers.”
If the reports prepared after the surveys are to be believed, then in last one year itself, 27,000 seats were decreased. The same can be followed in case of engineering field too for the next few years. The consequences were so that three engineering collages were shut down during last year. There are always two sides of the same coin while the students are panicky about the reduction in the number of seats the teachers believe it will not pose any issues and this will ultimately help in improving quality of engineering education.
In the present scenario as per the views of the former AICTE chairman and former IIT Madras director R Natarajan, several colleges every year across the nation asks AICTE to cut down the number of engineering seats being sanctioned every year. The supply of seats is much higher than the existing demand.
Mr. Saharsrabudhe, who was addressing the gathering in a conference ‘Road Map on Technical Education in Odisha: Present and Future Perspectives’ said, “ AICTE was giving more emphasis on quality of engineering programmes at the time of giving approval for new educational institutions.” The conference was organized by Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) along with NIST.
In the last few years, engineering students have sprung up like wild mushrooms in India which ultimately led to the overshooting in the demand of seats. The intake of the engineering colleges has increased drastically. There were .85 lakh undergraduate engineering seats in the year 2000 and presently it is 16.73 lakh. Bitter fact of the whole data analysis is that during the last year, almost half the engineering seats in the country went vacant with only 8.54 lakh students enrolling against the 16.99 lakh seats available.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “With fast industrialisation and globalisation, the engineering and professional segments need to be treated differently to cater to the need for quality and skilled manpower. Along with quality faculty in technical education, the universities should take expeditious steps for revision of curriculum and syllabus with thrust on soft skill development, industry exposure and inter disciplinary studies.”
In the last few days the chairman of AICTE has been travelling to different states throughout the Nation to meet heads of various technical institutions to seek suggestions for approval processes for a holistic development of the education sector.