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AICTE cracks whip on failing engineering colleges; asks 300 colleges to look for 'other options'
Coming heavily down on engineering colleges that are not meeting the necessary standards, AICTE has ordered about 300 private engineering colleges to look for 'other options'.

The colleges have been asked not to operate as engineering colleges from the academic session 2018-19. As per reports, there are some colleges that have been reporting enrolment of less than thirty per cent of their total capacity for the last five years. And such colleges will be asked to stop taking further admissions from the next academic session.

India has more than 3,000 private engineering colleges but close to 800 of them have been showing an enrollment percentage of about fifty per cent of their total capacity. 

As per a report in The Times of India, these colleges have not been asked to shut shop but have been given the option of choosing from the available alternative options. The alternative options available to these colleges include converting the said engineering college into science colleges, skill development centres or vocational education institutes. 

Reports have also suggested that it might be a good decision after all as of the 300 colleges that have been asked to look for alternate options about half of them have been reporting enrolment of even less than 20 per cent. 

But a final decision has not been taken yet, with the colleges been given time till December 2017 to inform the AICTE of their decision of converting to any other type of college. 

Two of the major reasons for not being able to meet the enrolment targets has been a far exceeding supply of seats in engineering colleges as compared to the demand. Another has been the bursting of the bubble that an engineering degree guarantees a job as most of the engineering graduates have been found to have been unemployable. 

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