The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved about 40 MCA and MBA colleges in Andhra Pradesh to close down their institutions from coming academic year as their courses have few takers.
AICTE director and regional officer AK Gangal has said that they have received 55 applications for closure of 24 MCA, 14 MBA, 5 engineering, 5 pharmacy and 3 technical campuses which have all kinds of professional courses. The AICTE will send them the letters of approval for closure in about 15 days.
All the colleges, in their applications, cited nil or poor admissions as the sole reason for their decision to close down their institutions.
The state has 940 MBA and 636 MCA colleges. Of the 31,181 convener- quota MCA seats available, only 9,443 were filled in the first phase of admissions last year and 21,738 seats were vacant.
In the case of MBA, 23,141 of 62,860 seats under the convener quota remained vacant after the first phase of counselling. Things did not change much even after the second phase.
N Ramesh of the Consortium of Professional Colleges Management Associations says that the state government’s delay in conducting Eamcet counseling is costing them nearly