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|
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.