The colleges have been asked to submit a report by the second week of September by AICTE. These are the colleges which have less than 30% admissions for five consecutive years and also lack of proper infrastructure. AICTE has introduced the plan for teachers training keeping in mind the quality of engineering education and their employability being a big challenge.

AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe told media that the low admissions reflected the poor quality of the colleges.

“Students can be shifted to engineering colleges in the vicinity that have sufficient student strength, ” he said, and added that the decision was taken after several deliberations and collating data from colleges from different States.

The decision was taken after careful study of the intake of colleges over the past five years across the country. The change will be effective from the next academic year that is 2018-19. There is no need for the AICTE to intervene and close down colleges.

At present there are 10,361 engineering colleges in the country.

Kiran Maheshwari, the minister of Rajasthan Technical and Higher Education, who inaugurated the summit said, “State-of-the-art language labs will be set up in about 220 government colleges in Rajasthan starting this academic session as in this era of globalisation knowledge of language is a necessity”.

Many private engineering colleges are either seeking for progressive closure or opt for turning the existing onces into polytechnics or science and art colleges.

“We have also reduced the penalty for closing down an engineering institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut amid poor demand”, he said. They don’t usually have experience in teaching aspiring engineers.

“Now onwards, any engineering lecturer joining anew, will have to undergo six months of exclusive and compulsory training so that they can train future engineers better”.

AICTE wants to groom students industry-ready. From this year onwards, every secondand third-year student will have to undergo internship compulsorily so that they are hired even before campus placements. As per TOI report, Sahasrabudhe said,”Internship is the time when most students are observed by companies and have a fair chance of being absorbed”. So it’s better to be hired that way instead of depending on just five minutes of the interview at campus placements.