Over 550 engineering colleges affiliated with AICTE shut shop in last 6 years
Over 550 engineering colleges and institutions affiliated with AICTE have shut shop in the last six years. While the number of Engineering colleges, as per the AICTE data, rose to an all-time high in 2016-17 at 6474, the same stands at 5917 in the current year, suggesting that 557 engineering colleges were shut down.
The data also suggests how an upward trend was witnessed in engineering colleges since 2012-13. The decline began post 2016-17.
The data also suggests that the number of seats available has also gone down sharply. While the total number of seats available in 2016-17 were 29.99 lakh, the number has dropped to 23.61 lakh in 2021-2022.
What AICTE Chairman has to say
"Two things have resulted in the decline in seats or the reduction in number of colleges. Firstly, there was a boom which resulted in new engineering, and other colleges, which resulted in several of them functioning with less takers and more vacant seats," said AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe.
"Ultimately these institutions shut down, or reduced the number of seats available in their institutions," he said.
"Secondly, several states through passage of bills and acts, have established engineering colleges and universities, where students have taken admissions. These do not fall under the ambit of AICTE," he explained.
Number of engineering colleges as per AICTE
Here are the number of engineering colleges and institutes in India affiliated to AICTE as per data of different years: