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800 engineering colleges to be shut down: Has the engineering bubble burst?
Fate of 800 engineering colleges seems to have come to doom with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) planning to close down over 800 engineering colleges.

The colleges have been asked to shut down because for five years in a row now, these colleges have been recording less than 30 per cent of the total seats. The number of seats lying vacant in engineering colleges has been increasing mostly because of lack of jobs after graduating despite being very expensive and the nose diving quality of education.

With more than 15,00,000 engineering graduates passing out every year, providing them jobs has become an impossible task for various governments.

As per a report in the Times of India, the states from which the maximum requests for closure have come are Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

While many colleges have requested that they be allowed to stop intake of students now, many have requested that they be allowed to function as polytechnics or science and art colleges.

In order to improve the quality of education, the AICTE has introduced a six-month compulsory training for professors who would be employed as teachers in engineering colleges. This is to mainly because in many colleges, the professors who join are fresh graduates or post graduates and lack the experience of a being a teacher and the necessary teaching skills.

Along with this, in order to improve the quality in terms of student front, the AICTE has made it compulsory for second and third year students to go for an industry internship. The main aim of this is to bridge the gap between what is taught in a classroom of an engineering college and the skills necessary in the job field.

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