Hyderabad, January 23
AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has tightened rules to provide quality education system. As per this, it is going to implement strictly the norm that all engineering colleges must appoint professors with PhD qualification.
AICTE has sent notices to universities and engineering colleges already. In this context, as many as 10 private engineering colleges within JNTUH limits have reportedly applied for closure of their institutions.
The PhD qualification rule has become a headache to the managements of engineering colleges, who were worried that they could not get PhD candidates for core groups like IT, EEE, civil, mechanical courses.
Hence, a few colleges are cancelling their recognition. During 2016-17 academic year, 76.02 per cent seats were filled and the higher education council collected the details seats and admissions of various private colleges.
There are 82,535 seats under convener quota in 248 engineering colleges in 2015-16 academic year. Of this 62.54 per cent of seats, i.e., 51,621 seats were filled.
As many as 38 engineering colleges were closed in 2016-17, reducing the number of colleges to 210. Of the 71,066 seats under convener quota, 54,064 seats were filled. Only 17,905 seats under management quota were filled out of the total 30,631 seats.
As per latest statistics, there are 1,02,102 seats including both convener and management quota and 29,786 seats were left unfilled.
Affiliation process, aiming quality education, will commence from January last week. Inspections will be held in private colleges. The last date to apply for AICTE permission is February first week. After this, college inspections would be conducted and the process will completed for affiliation by end of May, the officials said.