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  • Engineering Entrance to become tougher: AICTE to cut the No. of intake by 40%

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    According to the new reports by released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) a national-level council for technical education and the statutory body under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development it is said that the body in planning to reduced the number of engineering students intake by as much as 40 % in the coming year.

    The step has been taken to improve the standard and impart the quality technical education among the engineering graduates. According to the AICTE the current intake of engineering students in India is about 15-16 lakh per year and the council is planning to reduce this number to about 10-11 lakh per year.

    “We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh (one million and 1.1 million) from a little over 16.7 lakh now,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The capacity should come down for the betterment of all—students, education providers and employers—he added.

    India has over 3,470 engineering colleges of which the colleges which can be class under the standard level is very few. And as such the number of technical sound engineering graduates has been decreasing over the 6-7 years. Even there has been report that companies recruiting from engineering colleges in India have often complained about the quality of graduates from institutions other than the top schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Many engineering colleges lack proper infrastructure, and most of their students, taught by poor-quality teachers, gain few employable skills at the end of the four years they spend to get a degree.
    Well, rather than providing the quality education to the young minds, the present scenario of admission to engineering colleges to tend more on business and earning money, where any person who have the enough capital open engineering colleges without looking the technical needs and other requirement as facilities , infrastructure but to earn money. Even the teach employed in such colleges are of poor quality and without any experience of teaching.

    As a result of these, the engineering graduates are the one with highest cases of unemployment or jobs in their respective fields. In fact, only 17.5% of engineering graduates were deemed employable in a 2011 survey by software industry lobby group Nasscom. India’s information technology (IT) industry spends nearly $1 billion a year to make them job-ready, the report said.

    Moreover, the number of seat which remained vacant at every session has been a major issue. In order to reduce the number of vacant seat the AICTE has already closed as many as 556 engineering courses or departments.

    AICTE will only “facilitate the closure of engineering schools” entirely or in parts to achieve the target, said Sahasrabudhe, who took over as chairman in June. He, however, added that engineering colleges will not be forced to shut down.

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