This year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced around 2 lakh seats across technical institutions including Engineering, Management, and Pharmacy due to the low demand for these courses. The latest data released by AICTE early this week on admission for the year 2020-21 shows the reduced number of seats.
AICTE officer stated, “The numbers of seats have been reduced mainly because of shutting down of Colleges which do not have enough students to run the institution. There were some colleges that did not even apply for the renewal of affiliation and hence they were shut down,”
The intake is the lowest since the 2012-13 when colleges provided almost 34 lakh seats. But after that, the numbers of seats were increased and in 2014-15, it reaches to highest at 39.6 lakh. Compare to that, seats started to decline and reach to the lowest in 2020-21.
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According to data on the official website of AICTE- Every year the numbers of seats occupied are almost half the number of seats that are available across institutions. In response, the council decided to reduce the numbers this year. The AICTE official further added, “Intake across colleges is coming down each year because of strict AICTE regulations. It is a process to weed out colleges that were running like a fly-by-night operator. The council has very strict regulations that ensure that if a college does not have a minimum required number of students, the institution will be shut down.”
AICTE had also decided that to maintain the quality of technical education, they will not permit the opening of any new pharmacy and engineering colleges until the academic year 2021-22. Even the council has restricted existing colleges to further add new seats. Colleges have only been allowed to admit students in the existing seats. While as per the revised academic calendar of AICTE, admissions for the batch of 2020-21 will continue till October and the classes will begin from October 15. The classes for second and third-year students will begin from 15 August and in the absence of any order from the Ministry of Home Affairs, colleges have been asked to run online classes.
The admissions for the academic session 2020-21 will be carried out for only 30, 86,022 seats. While for the previous year, the academic session and the admissions carried for a total of 32, 85,018 seats across the country in various Engineering, Management, and Pharmacy colleges.