A total of 275 engineering colleges across the country applied for closure this year, said chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Anil D Sahasrabuddhe on Friday.
The maximum number of institutions that have applied for closure are from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. “The number of institutions are almost equal from all states. Tamil Nadu and Andhra alone have more,” Sahasrabuddhe said.
In the past two years, the AICTE has been actively working on reducing the quantity of engineering institutions across the country. The regulatory body has also reduced the penalty for closing down an engineering institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut in the midst of poor demand.
Sahasrabuddhe was in Coimbatore to inaugurate a teacher training programme on e-learning at Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology.
An initiative of the AICTE under the Union ministry of human resource and development, the teacher training programme is a pan-India exercise. “A total of eight programmes are being conducted where we are training faculty members from selected institutions on e-learning. And, these faculty members will train their colleagues at their respective institutions,” said AICTE director Mandeep Singh Manna.