The All India Council Of Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to impose strict restrictions on devious Engineering Colleges progressing in Punjab and around Chandigarh. AICTE has decided to reject the affiliation of low standard colleges and evoke them with strict restrictions.
As per the sources, AICTE is concerned about the increasing number of below the mark colleges in Punjab and is therefore conducting raids in the colleges and taking immediate action on complaints. Colleges lacking proper infrastructure and resources will be shut down. As of now, no college has been closed down in Punjab, but 2-3 colleges have been shut down in Haryana in the last few months. AICTE is also thinking on reducing the number of allotted seats as the increasing number of vacant seats every year in various engineering colleges in Punjab and other states are a major concern.
The analysis say that 15-20% seats lie vacant in rural areas in branches like IT and production. It has been noted that students are now shifting to core branches from IT. Many colleges are requesting to close IT branches and are demanding more number of seats in other core streams. AICTE is concerned about the increasing number of vacant seats. They have also received requests from few state governments to reject the proposals of new technical institutions.
In order to promote research and increase interactions between corporates and colleges, AICTE has decided to choose 50 colleges in India by early 2012. These colleges will be providing 3,000 square feet area to industries for opening knowledge centers. AICTE has also assigned Rs.10 crore to promote overseas faculty research programs. They have also suggested foreign e-journals to all institutions.