227 technical institutions applied for closure

ACCORDING TO Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) applications for closing down completely cite the poor demand from students for their courses. Also, a number of institutions have applied to stop offering courses that are not attracting students.

Of the 227 applications the AICTE received for closure, 41 are from Telangana. This is the highest from any state.

There are 1,289 applications for ending specific undergraduate and postgraduate courses. While 107 of them are from Tamil Nadu, 302 are from Telangana, he added.

There are 60 per division in an undergraduate course and 18 in a postgraduate course.

In the 2015-16 academic year, the AICTE allowed the closure of 121 technical institutions, including 12 from Tamil Nadu. It also allowed other institutions to stop offering 1,093 programmes, of which 130 were from Tamil Nadu.

AICTE, the apex regulatory body for technical education in the country, had started accepting online applications to establish new institutions and for renewal of approvals on January 21.

The last date to apply for new institutions ended on February 29. Existing institutions have time till Saturday to apply for renewal of approval, with a penalty. Meanwhile, academics said there could be applications to open institutions in major cities, reported New Indian Express.


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