Advised to continue moratorium on new engineering colleges, govt tells Lok Sabha


The ban on the creation of new engineering colleges in the country should continue after 2022-2023, when the two-year moratorium ends, recommended a committee created by the government of the Union, citing the low level of coverage of engineering programs.

On Monday, the Ministry of Education informed Lok Sabha that a committee chaired by IIT-Hyderabad BVR chairman Mohan Reddy had recommended extending the moratorium, which came into force in 2020, “with a few exceptions.”

“The Committee held three meetings on 18.10.2021, 10.11.2021 and 30.11.2021 and reviewed data on engineering capacities, enrollment and placement over the past three years in engineering institutions. In light of the low enrollment of engineering and graduate students across the country, the Committee, in its interim report submitted in December 2021, recommended maintaining a moratorium on the approval of new engineering colleges in the country, with a few exceptions, ”the Minister of Education said. Dharmendra Pradhan said in a written response to the Lok Sabha.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) previously announced a two-year moratorium from 2020-2021 on new engineering institutes based on a report from the Reddy committee, which was also tasked with reviewing the ban status from the 2022 school year. -23.


Why the moratorium was introduced

Data provided by the Ministry of Education shows that both approved enrollment and total enrollment for engineering courses have declined over the years. From a decade high of 31,82,285 approved consumption in 2014, that number fell to 23.66,728 in 2021-2021. The total number of students dropped to 12.75,880 in 2020-2021 from 17.84,127 in 2013-2014.

This was announced by the chairman of AICTE Anil Sahasrabuddhe. Indian express that the committee will indicate exceptions in its final report.

An AICTE spokesman said the committee’s final report could authorize the addition of places in non-traditional areas of engineering, the creation of new campuses in underdeveloped areas, and the expansion of existing institutions.

“This will not be a general ban. Exceptions will be clear by the end of December, ”the official said.

The Reddy Committee was formed in 2018 to prepare short and medium term forward-looking plans for engineering education.

In its first report in 2019, the committee noted that capacity utilization during 2017-18. At the undergraduate and postgraduate level was 49.8% (number of admissions versus enrollment), and recommended not approving new AICTE capacities starting in the 2020 academic year.

“Subsequently, the creation of new capacities can be reviewed every two years,” they added.


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