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Increase in vacant seats appears to have put a brake on the opening of new private engineering colleges in the state. This year, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has received just one application for a new college in the state. Of 220 engineering institutions in the state, there are 90 from Bhopal. Of 88,610 seats available in these institutions, around 23,000 seats remain vacant every year.
The AICTE received 20 applications from the central region including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat. Such was the low turn-out that AICTE had to extend the last date of submitting the application from December 31 to January 25, earlier this year. Of them, there was just one application for MP. Spokesperson of Association of Professional and Technical Institutes in Madhya Pradesh, BS Yadav said there is a huge gap in demand and supply. "Engineering colleges are already fighting with problem of vacant seats. It would not be feasible for any new player to start new college in such situation," Yadav said. There was a time when a large number of colleges were coming up. From 21 new colleges in 2007-08 alone in Bhopal, the number went down to 2 in 2011-12. Though the number of new private colleges went down, the number of seats went up. According to an AICTE data, there were 47,100 seats in 2007-08 which went up to 88,610 seats in 2011-12. The situation is so bad that even the owners of the existing engineering colleges have been demanding to close the entry of new players. "The need is to improve the quality of education and not the quantity, "Yadav said. This year, there will be an increase of 10,000 seats. On the condition of anonymity, a college owner said mechanical and electronics branch seats get students quickly as compared to other branches. "Students are keen for two-three branches. For other branches, colleges struggle to fill up seats. And as the IT boom is over, students are no longer showing same keenness to join IT branch, he said. "Some colleges even wanted to shut down the IT branch".
Courtesy: Times of India
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