Anil Sahasrabudhe, AICTE chairman, clarifies that the ban was solely on new engineering institutes, not the lodge administration, administration, and utilized arts institutes. In case of engineering institutes, there have been some exceptions whereby the ban was not imposed. “The institutes that had been authorities owned, or large-scale industries wanting to start out new programmes, or schooling trusts with over 25 years of expertise in operating different instructional institutes corresponding to colleges obtained AICTE’s approval. Complete 17-18 faculties had been began even through the moratorium,” he provides.
Speaking in regards to the present state of affairs, Sahasrabudhe explains, that the districts the place state governments have been wanting to start out new engineering faculties and polytechnics as a result of lack of such institutes within the area, have been granted permission. Moreover, business our bodies with an annual turnover of over Rs 5,000 crore, and academic our bodies/trusts that hitherto had no engineering faculties, have been allowed to start out new faculties,” he says.
Vast mixture of programmes
As per the AICTE approval bureau, 172 purposes had been obtained from new institutes this yr. Out of these, 142 faculties had been granted permission to start out new programs. Sahasrabudhe says that the 142 technical institutes will not be simply engineering faculties, however a mixture of institutes and polytechnics throughout varied domains together with engineering, structure, lodge administration, and administration programmes. Solely 52 from amongst them are engineering faculties, whereas out of the 96 administration establishments that had utilized for approval, 80 new administration establishments had been granted permission.
Highlighting the truth that all AICTE permitted institutes, each outdated and new, need to mandatorily supply each conventional disciplines, in addition to programs in rising areas as both electives or minor diploma programmes of 18 credit every, Sahasrabudhe says the decline within the variety of engineering seats up to now few years doesn’t signify a decline within the demand for engineers or lack of curiosity among the many college students. “The main target right here is on high quality schooling. With the economic system booming quickly after the pandemic, we’d like each expert engineers and administration graduates throughout various streams within the business. Therefore, approvals are being given after AICTE’s cautious consideration in regards to the institutes’ strengths and capabilities,” he provides.
Trying on the previous
In 2020, owing to the 45% seat emptiness throughout engineering institutes, the AICTE had determined to increase the moratorium on new engineering institutes within the nation till 2024. Proper from 2015-16, admissions to engineering faculties had dipped – from the three million engineering seats (undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma included) to 2.4 million within the 2020-21 educational yr, prompting AICTE to name for a two-year ban on new engineering institutes.
Nevertheless, the current approvals could possibly be a game-charger, lecturers imagine. The whole variety of engineering seats have witnessed an increase from final yr’s 23, 66,656 — mentioned to be the bottom in at the least 10 years – to 23,93,820 seats in 2022.
Ramanna Rao, director, NIT Warangal, attributes the current approvals to the necessity for growing in-demand programs which is able to in the end improve the gross enrolment ratio (GER) that the Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) 2020 stipulates. “The skilling of employable graduates via the new-age programs will deal with each the home and world manpower requirement, which is 12% within the US, 15% within the UK, and 30% in Europe. By readjusting the coed consumption within the thrust areas of engineering and know-how, programs in AI and ML could have higher scholar consumption whereas these in conventional disciplines corresponding to Civil, Mechanical and Electrical, could have a proportionate discount. To enhance the employability expertise of the graduates, AICTE is taking steps to enhance the standard of studying aligned with business’s wants,” he says.