As per the report that was given by All India Council for Technical Education or AICTE, a total number of 19 engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh have shut down since the year 2014. On the other hand, a total number of 54 streams in engineering have been discontinued due to lack of appropriate strength and infrastructure in most colleges.
Among the discontinued streams, Electronics and Information Technology has been discontinued in many colleges. Though the course has been in demand, but poor infrastructure urged AICTE to discontinue it. The colleges which have been shutdown failed to maintain qualified faculty, provide placements and had irregularity in implementing fee reimbursement.
One of the officials of AICTE revealed that around 143 engineering colleges across 14 states have complied with AICTE to shut down the colleges. Interestingly, a total number of 56 colleges are from Andhra Pradesh.
D.N Reddy, Chairman of AICTE, explained that most of these colleges offer engineering courses and some of them are offering Master of Computer Applications (MCA) course as well. However, there are no takers in these colleges as they do not provide good placement opportunities and have poor infrastructure.
He further added that most of the colleges which applied for closure are from rural areas as these colleges are recording low count of admissions. The colleges which are located in urban areas are performing well and record moderate to a high number of admissions.
Mechatronics and Aeronautical streams are also only among the discontinued streams. For running these courses, the colleges need to have the relevant infrastructure, and most of the colleges failed to satisfy these norms of AICTE.