NOIDA- AICTE (All Indian Council for Technical Education) has taken a revolutionary decision of not permitting the formation of any new engineering from the academic year 2020-21. Also, there is a proposal to review each and every engineering college after every two years.
The government committee chaired by IIT-Hyderabad chairman BVR Mohan Reddy recommended the same and the council approved, said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe. According to the rule, only the requests from existing engineering colleges regarding the expansion in their current capacity or addition of any emerging technology to the current disciplines will be entertained by the council.
In case an existing college requests for additional seats in engineering disciplines, the AICTE will first review their current seat intake status and capacity utilization before granting approval. The government committee submitted a 41-page report to AICTE in December 2018 with a recommendation to allow capping on the establishment of new engineering colleges. This report also mentioned that the current capacity of existing colleges should be used to impart training for emerging technologies through introduction of new courses, such as aerospace engineering, mechatronics, data science, machine learning, etc.
The committee had also insisted AICTE to introduce emerging technologies such as blockchain, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, 3D printing & design, cybersecurity, etc. at undergraduate level. AICTE has published all the recommendations of the committee in its 2019-20 approval handbook. It directly means that AICTE has approved all the recommendations of BVR Mohan Reddy committee.
As per the stats of academic year 2016-17, 51 per cent B.E/ B.Tech seats of 3,291 engineering colleges remained vacant. After that, the commission was constituted to keep a check on the glaring gaps and prepare a report with their recommendations. The gaps identified by the commission included poor infrastructural facilities, lack of industry-based learning, and negligence of technical ecosystem; these all factors were found to be the main cause for low employability of engineering graduates.
After a few weeks of these findings, AICTE declared to reduce the number of admissions in engineering courses for the academic year 2018-19. AICTE reduced the overall number of B.Tech and M.tech seats in AICTE-approved colleges to a large extent and the new number was 1.67 Lakh seats, which was reported the maximum fall in the previous five years and almost 2X of year 2017-18.