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The lack of admission in the technical institutions, especially under the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), have led to the closure of two more engineering institutes. The two institutes, Sri Vidya Vinayaka Institute of Technology (SVVIT) and Yellamma Dasappa Institute of Technology (YDIT), are now part of the six VTU engineering colleges that have been shut down in the past two years.
Engineering courses, over the past couple of years, has witnessed a decline in the number of applications for admissions. Over the past two years, VTU has been forced to shut down four other colleges due to lack of enrolments in the different programmes. However, the students who had been enrolled in these colleges are now under the process of being allotted to other colleges.
As per a notice that had been released by the Visvesvaraya Technological University, both YDIT and SVVIT had sent in their request for complete closure along with the allotment of the existing and new students at the colleges. In the notification, the Registrar of VTU has announced that the students under the two colleges are being processed to transfer to the other VTU affiliated colleges.
The Registrar of VTU, Professor As Deshpande stated that the two colleges had sent in their requests for closure couple of months ago. He stated that the reasons stated by the colleges include lack of admissions and the resulting inability to run the respective colleges.
The other four colleges under VTU affiliation include Sri Pillappa Institute, SIET, Nandi Institute of Technology and PNS Institute. An official from the varsity announced that admission situation for Nandi Institute of Technology was at a position where there had been 35 students enrolled in the institute. This forced the college to be shut down.
The reasons that had been listed by Yellamma Dasappa Institute of Technology for shutting its operations include the lack of admissions and infrastructure. Recently most of the campus had been given away to the construction of Namma Metro Station. This along with the lack of admissions being undertaken at the college motivated the college officials to close down its operations.
Sources have stated that YDIT had been planning to open up operations as a medical college. They added that the decision had been taken as they had received a satisfactory amount as compensation from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, which will further facilitate the process.
In a bid to cut down the number of technical institutions in India, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had announced the closure of over 800 technical institutions in India. The reasons as stated for the same had been on similar lines. In other words, institutions had been shut down due to lack of proper infrastructure, facilities and enrolments.
The closure of two more engineering colleges in the nation will result in fewer seats in different engineering programmes. However, the lack of admissions or enrolments in the discipline is forcing different institutions to close up shop. Over the years, enrolments in the various engineering programmes in different engineering colleges in India have been drastically dipping. Further dip in the engineering enrolments will further lead to more institutes being forced to shut their operations.