Panel advises Education Ministry to uphold ban on approving new engineering schools: Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister

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New Delhi:

A government-appointed panel has recommended continuing the moratorium on granting approvals to new engineering colleges, with some exceptions, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday. In written response to a question to Lok Sabha, Pradhan said: “AICTE has assigned the task of reviewing the ban or moratorium on the opening of new engineering institutions from AY 2022-23 to a committee headed by BVR Mohan Reddy.”

The committee held three meetings on October 18, November 10 and November 30 and reviewed engineering capacity, enrollment and placement data over the past three years. in its interim report submitted in December 2021 recommended maintaining the moratorium on the approval of new engineering schools in the country, with some exceptions,” he said.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had formed a committee in 2018 under the chairmanship of Reddy, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad on a short to medium term perspective plan for the engineering training. The committee observed that capacity utilization (bed capacity versus enrolment) at undergraduate and postgraduate level was 49.8% in 2017-18 and recommended that no new capacity be approved by AICTE from the 2020 academic year and the creation of the new capacity. may be reviewed every two years thereafter.

The committee’s new recommendation comes at a time when engineering colleges in India have seen a 10-year low in the number of places offered this year. Officials had cited the closure of more than 340 colleges between 2018-19 and 2020-21 and a ban on opening new colleges as the reason for the decline. According to data shared by the minister, the total number of approved admissions to AICTE accredited engineering institutions increased from 26,95,333 in the 2012-13 academic year to 23,66,728 in the academic year 2021-22. Admission was 24,42,948 in 2020-21 and 25,39,682 in 2019-20.

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