Education Watchdog AICTE Considering College Mergers To Avoid Shutdown

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| September 11 , 2017 , 19:14 IST

Despite technical colleges across India facing closure due to an acute decline in enrolments, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is mulling over the idea of merging colleges in each other's vicinity after the educational institutes request a 2-year delay in shutdown.

There are currently around 800 technical institutes across the country, which are facing closure given the low enrolment in higher education.

According to reports, around 4,633 courses and 527 institutes have closed their doors in the last five year facing low enrollments. 921 courses and 69 institutes of that number were from Maharashtra alone.

These courses mainly include engineering, architecture, Polytechnic, management and hotel management courses.

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Another 800 colleges have also been getting less than 30 percent students consecutively for the last five year. Although the council was planning to shut these institutes, after the government's directive to shut non-performing colleges to promote employability, some of these institutes advised the council otherwise.

AICTE Chairman Anil Sahastrabuddhe said, "On receiving news of the closure, the colleges have put forth two suggestions. One is to consider the enrollment data for last three years and defer the decision for the next two years and then reconsider it based on the enrollment data. Second, these colleges will request the council to permit mergers or allow buyouts by other trusts."

"Based on their suggestions we are considering pros and cons of such an arrangement. We have to discuss the plan not only with such private colleges but also take legal counsel given their background and likely complications in sharing facilities, revenues, etc," he added.

The council has said that it will review the reports of all these colleges and give them an opportunity of hearing before taking a decision on shutdown. However, if the quality of education is suffering and students are not employable despite paying high fees, there is no point in allowing the colleges to run, said Sahastrabuddhe.