Drastic drop in applications to AICTE for new institutes

There has been a drastic fall in the applications received
by the country’s technical education regulator All India Council for Technical
Education (AICTE). The body has just received 400 applications nationwide for
new institutes in 2012 in disciplines like engineering, technology, management,
applied art, architecture, hotel management and computer application. The
number was 1,067 in 2011 and 2,176 in 2010.

“Over the last few years, the number of applications to
start new technical institutes across various disciplines has dropped
considerably. A few had requested that we extend the deadline for submitting
proposals to start new institutes for the coming academic year, so we have
extended the deadline till January 15. Even then, we do not expect the final
number to go up much. There may be a minor increase of 20-30,” said S S Mantha,
acting chairman of AICTE. The original deadline was December 31, 2011.

Mantha said that the current global slowdown could be a
reason for decrease in the number of applications.

“The market is
uncertain at the moment. People are playing it safe and adopting a
wait-and-watch policy. In fact, barring the top few, most management institutes
in the US have vacancies and some even to the tune of 50 per cent,” he said.

Stating that lag in certain fields could be another reason,
Mantha points out, “Several new institutes which are offering technical
education have not been able to fill up all their seats. Among new engineering
institutes, most of the vacancies are in rural areas and many are in specific
branches which are not perceived to be as lucrative in terms of employment
opportunities as others. Another reason could be poor quality of education
offered by a particular institute.”

[Source: Indian Express]


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