The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh informed the Lok Sabha that over 45 per cent seats remained vacant in AICTE approved engineering colleges across the country in the last four years. While addressing the lower house, the minister said 48.79 per cent seats remained vacant during 2014-15 academic session while the percentage of seats that remained vacant during 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19 was 47.68 per cent, 49.70 per cent and 49.30 per cent respectively.
"The actual enrolment in technical institutes is based on demand-supply situation which is attributed to the location of the institute, research and infrastructure facilities and placement opportunities," Singh said. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had received 239 applications from engineering and technical institutes for closure out of which 51 institutes were granted letter of approval.
Earlier, the minister had said that national capital houses the highest number of fake colleges offering engineering and other technical courses without approval from the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The data was revealed by the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) in response to a question raised in the Lok Sabha earlier last week.
According to the data presented by minister of state for HRD Satya Pal Singh, of the 277 ‘fake’ engineering colleges identified in the country over the last three years, 66 are in Delhi while Telangana is placed second on the list with its share of 35. West Bengal comes third with 27. The ministry has now directed AICTE to take necessary action against such colleges. AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe said, “These are basically unapproved institutions. The courses — diploma, degree and others — offered by these institutes are of no value as these courses are not recognised by any regulatory authority. AICTE keeps updating the list of institutions that are not approved.”