Around 120 engineering colleges across the country have opted for “progressive closure” since last year. Most of these colleges are in the states of Haryana, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. As per the data of All India Council for Technical Education, a total number of 23 engineering colleges located in Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Pune closed down during the academic session 2016-17.
What does “Progressive Closure” mean?
Progressive closure means that the college has voluntarily decided to opt out of conducting admission process for the new academic session. Simply, the colleges do not admit students for the first year of various courses. However, the students who are pursuing second, third and fourth year will continue to study at the same college.
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The official report of AICTE also indicated that most of the private engineering colleges failed to survive in the current scenario they were operating in and have thus opted for progressive closure. Some of the technical institutes decided to shut down engineering courses and turned to polytechnic, science and arts colleges.
One of the senior officials of AICTE pointed that some of the regional technical institutes do not maintain proper standards and students do not have any interest in joining these colleges. Today, there is a lot of competition for engineering seat in Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology. Therefore, it is becoming difficult for the local engineering colleges to survive in the long run.
Among the list of colleges that opted for progressive closure, fifteen technical institutes are from Gujarat, 13 in Haryana, 11 in Rajasthan, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Karnataka, 7 in Telangana and 6 in Punjab.