Andhra Government to not allow any new Engineering colleges in the state
Once touted as the educational hub of the country, Andhra Pradesh is now facing a serious problem as a large number of Engineering colleges in the state have been closed down due falling number of admissions.
A whooping 56 technical institutes in the state including engineering, pharmacy, MBA and MCA colleges have applied for closure. Apart from these 56 colleges, 10 other engineering colleges have also asked for permission from AICTE to close down their campuses.
Amidst all this, on Wednesday this week, the Andhra Pradesh government decided that it would not allow any new private engineering colleges in the state. Also, it was decided that the number of seats in colleges cannot be increase now, and the government capped a limit of 420 students per college for the engineering colleges running in the state presently.
There's an exception to this rule however, as the government will consider any proposal if any management wishes to set up an engineering colleges Adilabad, Mahbubnagar, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts where the number of engineering colleges is quite low.
An official note by the Andhra government said, " "In 2010-11, approximately 30 per cent of the engineering seats remained vacant while in the current academic year nearly 50 per cent seats were not filled. In addition, the increased number of engineering colleges has put enormous strain on the availability of qualified teaching manpower, thus affecting the quality of education and employability."
At present, there are 717 engineering colleges in the state which add up to a total student intake of 3,44,986. The situation in the current academic year is quite alarming as almost half the seats have remained vacant.