The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra will make a suggestion to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regarding restricting the intake capacity of engineering colleges to 420. DTE has taken this decision to address the problem of seats lying vacant at various engineering colleges across the state. DTE would seek the views of state government after the approval of AICTE.
AICTE has written a letter to Principal Secretay, Higher and Technical Education seeking the opinion of state government regarding policy on granting approval to new colleges, reduction of intake and extending approval of existing colleges. Usually, the revision processes of the approval policy is an annual process for AICTE. However, DTE pointed that there is a brief gap of not consulting the state, the apex body has again sought the suggestions of government.
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Sitaram Kunte, Principal Secretary, mentioned that earlier AICTE took a recommendation from the state government, but meanwhile it started approving colleges and intake despite a dip in demand for some streams. This year, the Department of Higher and Technical Education had requested AICTE to take suggestions from the state before giving approval to new colleges.
Dayanand Meshram, Director of DTE, indicated that due to the high number of vacancies in seats, DTE has suggested to restricting the intake capacity of all the engineering colleges to 420. AICTE likely to respond by November 28, 2016.