Sharp Decline in Admissions Force 122 Private Engineering Institutes to Shut Down

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According to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), a staggering number of 122 private unaided engineering colleges in the country are going for progressive closure this year and will be shutting down as soon as the existing batches graduate. This news comes at the time when the HRD Ministry is promulgating STEM education.

From 2018, the regulatory body will close down technical colleges that have been observing seat occupancy of less than 30% over the past five years.

Last year, a total of 29 lakh seats in various engineering colleges observed only 15 lakh enrollments. The private engineering colleges are going out of business due to a sharp drop in admissions. They would not be conducting any new admissions from this year onwards.

AICTE is now focusing on cutting down the number of engineering institutions owing to the poor demand and deteriorating quality of education. Since 2012, 23 engineering colleges have come to a halt in Andhra Pradesh which is the largest number followed by Telangana (21) and Haryana (18).

List of Unaided Private Colleges Opting for Progressive Closure

The list comprises engineering colleges in several states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Rajasthan, that wound up during the 2016-17 session.

S No. Name of the Institute City State
1 S.V. PG College Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
2 Satyadeva Institute Of Technology Rajnandgaon Chhattisgarh
3 Vindhya Institute Of Technology Science Dharsiwa Chhattisgarh
4 School Of Computer Science New Delhi Delhi
5 Arc Institute Of Engineering Technology Padra Gujarat
6 B R Patel Institute Of Computer Applications Borsad Gujarat
7 C.K.Pithawalla Institute Of Management Surat Gujarat
8 Global Institute Of Management Adraj Moti Gujarat
9 J.H.Patel College Of Management Technology Dahemi Gujarat
10 J.S.S.S.S.S Diploma Pharmacy College Dharmaj Dharmaj Gujarat
11 K.P.Patel School Of Management Computer Studies Ksmcs Kapadwanj Gujarat
12 Late Smt. Shardaben Ghanshyambhai Patel Institute Of Management Studies Dharmaj Gujarat
13 Merchant College Of Diploma Engineering Gadha Gujarat
14 Oakbrook Business School Adalaj Gujarat
15 R.H.Patel College Of Pharmacy Anand Gujarat
16 S. P. K. M. M. B. A. College Jetpur Gujarat
17 Shree Swaminarayan Diploma Engineering College Kevadia Colony Gujarat
18 Sri Mirambika College Of Management Rajkot Gujarat
19 Tolani Institute Of Management Studies Adipur Gujarat
20 Ambition Institute Of Polytechnic Sirsa/ Moriwala Haryana
21 Geeta Institute Of Management And Technology Panipat Haryana
22 GITM Institute Of Technology Gurgaon Haryana
23 Gurgaon College Of Engineering Gurgaon Haryana
24 Institute Of Business Management And Technology Yamuna Nagar Haryana
25 JK Padampat Singhania Institute of Management and Technology Gurgaon Haryana
26 M R Polytechnic College Narnaul Haryana
27 N.C.Institute Of Technology Panipat Haryana
28 P D M College Of Diploma Engg Tech Safidon Haryana
29 P.D.M. College Of Technology Management Bahadurgarh Haryana
30 Prabhu Dayal Polytechnic Kurukshetra Haryana
31 Sgt Institute Of Engineering Technology Budhera Village Haryana
32 Universal Institute Of Technology Hansi Haryana
33 Abhilashi Group Of Institutions School Of Pharmacy And School Of Engineering Technology Chail Chowk Himachal Pradesh
34 Abhilashi Institute Of Management Studies Mandi Himachal Pradesh
35 Birsa Institute Of Technology Trust – Bitt Ranchi Jharkhand
36 B V Bhoomaraddi College Of Engineering Technology Hubli Karnataka
37 Cmr Institute Of Management Studies Bangalore Karnataka
38 East Point College Of Engineering For Women Bangalore Karnataka
39 Kless Mca Course Bvb College Of Engg Tech. Campus Hubli Hubli Karnataka
40 Kvg College Of Engineering Sullia Karnataka
41 Mvj College Of Engineering – Mca Bangalore Karnataka
42 Pes Institute Of Hotel Management Bangalore Karnataka
43 R R College Of Management Studies Computer Applications Bangalore Karnataka
44 Reva Institute Of Technology And Management Bangalore Karnataka
45 V. V. Sanghas Institute Of Higher Studies In MCA Bellary Karnataka
46 Vidya Vikas Educational Trust Polytechnic Bangalore Karnataka
47 Cardinal Cleemis School Of Management Studies Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
48 Dc School Of Management And Technology Media School Kazhakuttom Kerala
49 Sankar Institute Of Science Technology And Management Kollam Kerala
50 Core Business School Indore Madhya Pradesh
51 H.L.Agrawal College Of Engineering Itarsi Madhya Pradesh
52 Mansarovar Institute Of Science Technology Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
53 Prakash Institute Of Engineering Technology Jabalpur Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
54 School Of Engineering Technology – ITM University Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
55 Sparta Institute Of Technology Management Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
56 Surabhi Group Of Institutions Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
57 Alard School Of Business Management Pune Maharashtra
58 ASM's Institute Of Computer Studies Pune Maharashtra
59 Bhausaheb Mulak Polytechnic Butibori Maharashtra
60 Bhausaheb Mulik College Of Engineering Nagpur Maharashtra
61 Central India College Of Engineering And Technology Nagpur Maharashtra
62 D Y Patil Polytechnic Talsande Kolhapur Talsande Maharashtra
63 G.H.Raisoni School Of Management Nagpur Maharashtra
64 G.H.Raisoni School Of Management And Research Nagpur Maharashtra
65 G.H.Raisoni School Of Management Studies Nagpur Maharashtra
66 Jayawant Institute Of Business Studies Pune Maharashtra
67 Jeevan Prabodhini MCA College Vita Maharashtra
68 Mamasaheb Mohol College Of Business Administration Pirangut Maharashtra
69 Manajiraje Bhosale Technical Campus Faculty Of Engineering Urun Islampur Maharashtra
70 Merc Institute Of Management Village Bhukum Maharashtra
71 Pillai Polytechnic New Panvel Maharashtra
72 Sahyadri Institute Of Management Studies Tathawade Pune Maharashtra
73 Saraswati Education Society’s Group Of Institutions Faculty Of Engineering And Faculty Of Management Karjat Maharashtra
74 Sau. Nirmalatai P.Patil Womens Polytechnic College Jalgaon Maharashtra
75 Savitribai Phule Womens Engineering College Aurangabad Maharashtra
76 Shreeyash Institute Of Management Aurangabad Maharashtra
77 Sinhgad School Of Business Studies Pune Maharashtra
78 Sksets Lexicon Institute Of Management Education Pune Maharashtra
79 Vivekanand Institute Of Polytechnic Aurangabad Maharashtra
80 Career Point Technical Campus Tangori Punjab
81 CT College Of Pharmacy Shahpur Punjab
82 CT Institute Of Advanced Management Studies Jalandhar Punjab
83 Gna Institute Of Management Technology (Campus – Ii) Phagwara Punjab
84 Jasdev Singh Sandhu Institute Of Engineering Technology Patiala Punjab
85 Rimt-School Of Management Studies Mandi Gobindgarh Punjab
86 Apex International Institute Of Technology Kota Rajasthan
87 Apollo Polytechnic College Jaipur Rajasthan
88 Aravali Polytechnic College Neemkathana Rajasthan
89 Biyani International Institute Of Engineering And Technology For Girls Kalwar Rajasthan
90 Career Point Technical Campus Dhoinda Rajasthan
91 Gyayak College Of Management Banswara Rajasthan
92 Indira Gandhi Balika Niketan Mca Institute Ardawata Chirawa Rajasthan
93 Jecrc Udml College Of Engineering Jaipur Rajasthan
94 Maharishi Arvind Institute Of Hotel Management Catering Technology Jaipur Rajasthan
95 Swasthya Kalyan Polytechnic College Chaksu Chaksu Rajasthan
96 Uttam Chand Mali Devi College Of Mgt. Sc. Jaipur Rajasthan
97 St.Johns College Of Engineering Pennathur Tamil Nadu
98 Vel Sri Ranga Sanku College Morai Tamil Nadu
99 Vel Tech Ranga Sanku Arts College Morai,Ambattur Tamil Nadu
100 Al-Madina College Of Computer Science Mahaboobnagar Telangana
101 Blue Birds College Of Pharmacy Hanamkonda Telangana
102 Holy Mary Institute Of Technology Science Mca Hyderabad Telangana
103 Jaya Institute Of Technology Science For Women Warangal Telangana
104 Kamakshi College Of Engineering And Technology Hyderabad Telangana
105 Sri Geervani Institute Of Management Choppadandi (Village & Mandal) Telangana
106 Sri Nagoji Rao Institute of Technology & Science (Women) Mahabubnagar Telangana
107 Accord Business School Shahjahanpur Uttar Pradesh
108 Allahabad Institute Of Engineering And Technology Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
109 Baran Institute Of Management Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh
110 Global Institute Of Management Technology Allahabad Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
111 Greater Noida Girls School Of Business Management Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
112 Greater Noida Institute Of Technology Mca Institute Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
113 I.T.S – Institute Of Management Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
114 R.B. Institute Of Technology Agra Uttar Pradesh
115 Sanjay Institute Of Engineering Management Mathura Uttar Pradesh
116 School Of Management, Dronacharya Group Of Institutions Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
117 Taksila Business School Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
118 Devsthali Vidyapeeth College Of Management Studies Rudrapur Uttarakhand
119 Doon College Of Engineering Technology Dehradun Uttarakhand
120 Dsms Business School Durgapur West Bengal
121 Durgapur Society Of Management Science Durgapur West Bengal

Source: AICTE

These private engineering colleges stated the diminishing number of admissions made it non-viable for them to run colleges.

The situation was not always this adverse.

The Boom in Enrollments Followed by the Present Bust

The IT boom in the mid-1990s made several Indian states jump on the engineering bandwagon.

There was an increase of nearly 30% in engineering intake in 2008-09 over the previous year.

As a matter of fact, 106 out of 144 engineering colleges offering undergraduate courses in Haryana, which is 74% of the total, were founded only in the last decade. With more than 700 new engineering institutes being approved, 41 of these in Haryana, it was the highest in a single year since 2001.

Experts hold the lax AICTE approvals and the period when AICTE was accused of unrestrained corruption, responsible for this unsystematic mushrooming of institutes.

Then came a sudden reduction in college admissions.

With the great economic recession of 2008 engulfing complete world economy especially the IT companies in the US and Europe, the job market drastically shrunk. India too bore the brunt of it. The first slump in enrollments was felt in 2011 when multiple prominent companies kept away from visiting the colleges for job placements.

In Haryana, the number of students went from 29,277 five years ago to 17,601 in 2016. With a meagre number of 15,2015 admissions against 58,551 seats this year, the state tops the list of vacant seats in the country.

Presently, its 17 technical institutes are on the AICTE’s radar for low admissions and are on the verge of forced closures next year. One such college is Bharat Institute of Technology (BIT) which was founded in 2008 in Sonepat.

Bachan Singh, deputy director and registrar at BIT which was founded in 2008, said, “Many of these colleges were set up in the Sonepat district making it Haryana’s private education hub. Its closeness to Delhi implied better employment opportunities for the graduates.”

Last year, 89 percent of its 420 BTech seats were unoccupied and less than half of the 180 final year students were placed via campus recruitment. From the 65% placement rate about six years ago, it has fallen down to a disappointing 25%. Currently, the college is surviving on earnings of the pharmacy college run by its parent company, Bharat Group of Institutions.

Numerous private engineering colleges like BIT are trapped in a vicious cycle due to abysmally low student intake and substandard placements have confined institutes.

Is Shutting Down of Such Engineering Colleges Good in the Long Run?

Studies revealed that more than 80 percent of engineering graduates in the country are not suitable for employment and nearly 8 lakh engineering graduates are seeking low-grade means of employment. This can be attributed to the indiscriminate expansion of private engineering institutes and the deplorable quality of education provided by them.

The news of AICTE shutting down such colleges may sound dismal, but it is certainly not alarming. It should be regarded as a corrective measure.

Earlier, students took admissions in private engineering colleges when they were unable to get into IITs and NITs. The scenario is now changing with the upcoming prestigious government institutes such as IITs and NITs. The government is assiduously working towards providing the best quality education and infrastructure.

Students are now realizing the cons of studying in low standard private engineering colleges. There is a positive shift among students as they are opting for quality over a degree.

The shutting down of private engineering colleges is not at all an indicator of the popularity of engineering in the country. This year, over 12 lakh students appeared in the JEE Main 2017. The steady number of engineering aspirants is a resounding affirmation of the growing interest in the career.