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News - AICTE sends notice to 800 technical institutes to shut down

As many as 800 technical institutes, including around 80 run by the government, may face closure if they do not find enough students to fill their seats as they have been served notice for poor performance, as per AICTE notice.

Faced with a large number of institutes which are not able to fill their seats, the All India Council of Technical Education served notices to 800 technical institutions last year, which, as per an official, were not able to fill 30% of their total seats in last 5 years.

The official told, about 10% of these institutes are government-run, and the rest are privately-owned.

As per the member from AICTE, the council have given them 3 years' time to get their act together. If after 3 years, they do not fill the seats sufficiently, it will close them down. However, the decision will not be imposed retrospectively.

Institutes with less than 30% seats filled will be closed down :

According to the NDTV reports, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe earlier told that institutes with less than 30% seats filled will be closed down.

Departments to closed down but not the whole institutes :

The authorities may not close down the institutes completely but only those departments where vacancies remain high.

Seats availability in the institutes :

There were 37 lakh seats available last year across all 10,063 AICTE-approved institutions offering technical courses in management, architecture, engineering, hotel management and pharmacy, among others. The quantum of seats filled across institutes was pegged to be around 45-50% of the total.

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