1 October Hyderabad (India): Engineering, management and pharmacy courses continue to lose sheen as several managements are approaching the apex technical body, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), for closure of their colleges. This year, about 21 colleges in Telangana have been approved for progressive closure by AICTE.
This means, the colleges cannot admit fresh students in any of the courses offered by them in the first year. However, the existing students will continue to pursue their education till they complete the course. Majority of the colleges which have been given progressive closure were located in districts of the State.
This apart, according to the details available with AICTE, 145 courses including postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma courses, have been given the nod for progressive closure by AICTE. At the postgraduate level, courses like Embedded Systems, Computer Science, Communication Systems, Computer Networks, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutics were closed. Interestingly, most managements have chose to close down postgraduate courses.
One of the reasons for closure of courses is lack of qualified teachers. The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad has made a PhD degree mandatory to teach M. Tech students. The colleges on the other hand say that it is difficult to find PhD holders.
Similarly various private engineering colleges chose to close down courses like Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering among others during the academic year 2017-18.
This year alone, 13,000 undergraduate seats in private engineering colleges across the State have been slashed by the apex technical body. Since the last three years, the number of engineering seats has come down by 53,000.
The situation of the Pharmacy course is no different, with a similar cut down on the number of colleges and seats from the last three years. While 155 private pharmacy colleges were available in 2015-16, it came down to 144 in 2016-17 and further down to 137 in 2017-18.Over 5,800 seats have been reduced since 2015-16.
More number of private engineering colleges may face the closure as AICTE asked managements to shut down those which had admissions less than 30 per cent in the last five years.