The supreme court has again granted authority to AICTE (ALL INDIA COUNSIL FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION) to grant permission to engineering colleges. Hence, there is a chance for increase in the engineering college seats this year.
All over the country, there are 13,000 engineering and technical colleges. AICTE had the authority to grant permission for these engineering colleges. At the same time, UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC) acts as a controlling body for these colleges and universities.
UGC had been given the permission of granting new engineering colleges by supreme court. Continuously UGC had been granting permission to new engineering colleges. Then suddenly, UGC denied permission to any new engineering colleges for a year. This came as a shocking news to those who were looking to open new engineering colleges. They filed a case against this denial and when this case came into hearing in the court, the supreme court ordered UGC forbidding their denial.
2 LAKH SEATS :
Also, the supreme court granted authority of giving permission to new engineering colleges back to AICTE. Hence, many trusts have approached AICTE to start new engineering colleges. Already there are more than 500 engineering colleges in TAMILNADU. From these engineering colleges 2 lakh seats are offered for counselling every year. In TAMILNADU, ANNA UNIVERSITY already asked for applications concerning the start of new engineering colleges, but nobody applied. Hence, it was told that this is because the authority of granting permissions to new engineering colleges was with UGC at that time.
CHANCES OF INCREASE:
But now, the permission granting authority has changed hands to AICTE, so it is expected that the applications for new engineering colleges may be filed soon. It can provide a base for opening new seats for engineering courses. At the same time, due to decrease in the interests of students every year 70,000 seats are not filled up and left empty. So,
if new seats are opened up, there might be a chance for an increase in the number of non-filled seats every year.
The supreme court had already issued an ordered that, “the engineering counselling should be finished within JULY 30th and the courses should start commencing on AUGUST 1st. But since it is not possible to finish inspection of new engineering colleges before the end of May, hence the AICTE has informed that it will ask the court permission to extend the date of re-opening for the colleges. If the supreme court grants permission, then there might be a delay in the re-opening of colleges.