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

Risha Sinha Risha Sinha
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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 InstituteCityState
1S.V. PG CollegeKadapaAndhra Pradesh
2Satyadeva Institute Of TechnologyRajnandgaonChhattisgarh
3Vindhya Institute Of Technology ScienceDharsiwaChhattisgarh
4School Of Computer ScienceNew DelhiDelhi
5Arc Institute Of Engineering TechnologyPadraGujarat
6B R Patel Institute Of Computer ApplicationsBorsadGujarat
7C.K.Pithawalla Institute Of ManagementSuratGujarat
8Global Institute Of ManagementAdraj MotiGujarat
9J.H.Patel College Of Management TechnologyDahemiGujarat
10J.S.S.S.S.S Diploma Pharmacy College DharmajDharmajGujarat
11K.P.Patel School Of Management Computer Studies KsmcsKapadwanjGujarat
12Late Smt. Shardaben Ghanshyambhai Patel Institute Of Management StudiesDharmajGujarat
13Merchant College Of Diploma EngineeringGadhaGujarat
14Oakbrook Business SchoolAdalajGujarat
15R.H.Patel College Of PharmacyAnandGujarat
16S. P. K. M. M. B. A. CollegeJetpurGujarat
17Shree Swaminarayan Diploma Engineering CollegeKevadia ColonyGujarat
18Sri Mirambika College Of ManagementRajkotGujarat
19Tolani Institute Of Management StudiesAdipurGujarat
20Ambition Institute Of PolytechnicSirsa/ MoriwalaHaryana
21Geeta Institute Of Management And TechnologyPanipatHaryana
22GITM Institute Of TechnologyGurgaonHaryana
23Gurgaon College Of EngineeringGurgaonHaryana
24Institute Of Business Management And TechnologyYamuna NagarHaryana
25JK Padampat Singhania Institute of Management and TechnologyGurgaonHaryana
26M R Polytechnic CollegeNarnaulHaryana
27N.C.Institute Of TechnologyPanipatHaryana
28P D M College Of Diploma Engg TechSafidonHaryana
29P.D.M. College Of Technology ManagementBahadurgarhHaryana
30Prabhu Dayal PolytechnicKurukshetraHaryana
31Sgt Institute Of Engineering TechnologyBudhera VillageHaryana
32Universal Institute Of TechnologyHansiHaryana
33Abhilashi Group Of Institutions School Of Pharmacy And School Of Engineering TechnologyChail ChowkHimachal Pradesh
34Abhilashi Institute Of Management StudiesMandiHimachal Pradesh
35Birsa Institute Of Technology Trust – BittRanchiJharkhand
36B V Bhoomaraddi College Of Engineering TechnologyHubliKarnataka
37Cmr Institute Of Management StudiesBangaloreKarnataka
38East Point College Of Engineering For WomenBangaloreKarnataka
39Kless Mca Course Bvb College Of Engg Tech. Campus HubliHubliKarnataka
40Kvg College Of EngineeringSulliaKarnataka
41Mvj College Of Engineering – McaBangaloreKarnataka
42Pes Institute Of Hotel ManagementBangaloreKarnataka
43R R College Of Management Studies Computer ApplicationsBangaloreKarnataka
44Reva Institute Of Technology And ManagementBangaloreKarnataka
45V. V. Sanghas Institute Of Higher Studies In MCABellaryKarnataka
46Vidya Vikas Educational Trust PolytechnicBangaloreKarnataka
47Cardinal Cleemis School Of Management StudiesThiruvananthapuramKerala
48Dc School Of Management And Technology Media SchoolKazhakuttomKerala
49Sankar Institute Of Science Technology And ManagementKollamKerala
50Core Business SchoolIndoreMadhya Pradesh
51H.L.Agrawal College Of EngineeringItarsiMadhya Pradesh
52Mansarovar Institute Of Science TechnologyBhopalMadhya Pradesh
53Prakash Institute Of Engineering Technology JabalpurJabalpurMadhya Pradesh
54School Of Engineering Technology – ITM UniversityGwaliorMadhya Pradesh
55Sparta Institute Of Technology ManagementBhopalMadhya Pradesh
56Surabhi Group Of InstitutionsBhopalMadhya Pradesh
57Alard School Of Business ManagementPuneMaharashtra
58ASM's Institute Of Computer StudiesPuneMaharashtra
59Bhausaheb Mulak PolytechnicButiboriMaharashtra
60Bhausaheb Mulik College Of EngineeringNagpurMaharashtra
61Central India College Of Engineering And TechnologyNagpurMaharashtra
62D Y Patil Polytechnic Talsande KolhapurTalsandeMaharashtra
63G.H.Raisoni School Of ManagementNagpurMaharashtra
64G.H.Raisoni School Of Management And ResearchNagpurMaharashtra
65G.H.Raisoni School Of Management StudiesNagpurMaharashtra
66Jayawant Institute Of Business StudiesPuneMaharashtra
67Jeevan Prabodhini MCA CollegeVitaMaharashtra
68Mamasaheb Mohol College Of Business AdministrationPirangutMaharashtra
69Manajiraje Bhosale Technical Campus Faculty Of EngineeringUrun IslampurMaharashtra
70Merc Institute Of ManagementVillage BhukumMaharashtra
71Pillai PolytechnicNew PanvelMaharashtra
72Sahyadri Institute Of Management Studies TathawadePuneMaharashtra
73Saraswati Education Society’s Group Of Institutions Faculty Of Engineering And Faculty Of ManagementKarjatMaharashtra
74Sau. Nirmalatai P.Patil Womens Polytechnic CollegeJalgaonMaharashtra
75Savitribai Phule Womens Engineering CollegeAurangabadMaharashtra
76Shreeyash Institute Of ManagementAurangabadMaharashtra
77Sinhgad School Of Business StudiesPuneMaharashtra
78Sksets Lexicon Institute Of Management EducationPuneMaharashtra
79Vivekanand Institute Of PolytechnicAurangabadMaharashtra
80Career Point Technical CampusTangoriPunjab
81CT College Of PharmacyShahpurPunjab
82CT Institute Of Advanced Management StudiesJalandharPunjab
83Gna Institute Of Management Technology (Campus – Ii)PhagwaraPunjab
84Jasdev Singh Sandhu Institute Of Engineering TechnologyPatialaPunjab
85Rimt-School Of Management StudiesMandi GobindgarhPunjab
86Apex International Institute Of TechnologyKotaRajasthan
87Apollo Polytechnic CollegeJaipurRajasthan
88Aravali Polytechnic CollegeNeemkathanaRajasthan
89Biyani International Institute Of Engineering And Technology For GirlsKalwarRajasthan
90Career Point Technical CampusDhoindaRajasthan
91Gyayak College Of ManagementBanswaraRajasthan
92Indira Gandhi Balika Niketan Mca Institute ArdawataChirawaRajasthan
93Jecrc Udml College Of EngineeringJaipurRajasthan
94Maharishi Arvind Institute Of Hotel Management Catering TechnologyJaipurRajasthan
95Swasthya Kalyan Polytechnic College ChaksuChaksuRajasthan
96Uttam Chand Mali Devi College Of Mgt. Sc.JaipurRajasthan
97St.Johns College Of EngineeringPennathurTamil Nadu
98Vel Sri Ranga Sanku CollegeMoraiTamil Nadu
99Vel Tech Ranga Sanku Arts CollegeMorai,AmbatturTamil Nadu
100Al-Madina College Of Computer ScienceMahaboobnagarTelangana
101Blue Birds College Of PharmacyHanamkondaTelangana
102Holy Mary Institute Of Technology Science McaHyderabadTelangana
103Jaya Institute Of Technology Science For WomenWarangalTelangana
104Kamakshi College Of Engineering And TechnologyHyderabadTelangana
105Sri Geervani Institute Of ManagementChoppadandi (Village & Mandal)Telangana
106Sri Nagoji Rao Institute of Technology & Science (Women)MahabubnagarTelangana
107Accord Business SchoolShahjahanpurUttar Pradesh
108Allahabad Institute Of Engineering And TechnologyAllahabadUttar Pradesh
109Baran Institute Of ManagementBulandshahrUttar Pradesh
110Global Institute Of Management Technology AllahabadAllahabadUttar Pradesh
111Greater Noida Girls School Of Business ManagementGreater NoidaUttar Pradesh
112Greater Noida Institute Of Technology Mca InstituteGreater NoidaUttar Pradesh
113I.T.S – Institute Of ManagementGreater NoidaUttar Pradesh
114R.B. Institute Of TechnologyAgraUttar Pradesh
115Sanjay Institute Of Engineering ManagementMathuraUttar Pradesh
116School Of Management, Dronacharya Group Of InstitutionsGreater NoidaUttar Pradesh
117Taksila Business SchoolGreater NoidaUttar Pradesh
118Devsthali Vidyapeeth College Of Management StudiesRudrapurUttarakhand
119Doon College Of Engineering TechnologyDehradunUttarakhand
120Dsms Business SchoolDurgapurWest Bengal
121Durgapur Society Of Management ScienceDurgapurWest 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.