Around 63 applications have been received by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from the institutes wishing to shut down this year. Among them 36 are tech computer application, 22 management and five engineering institutes.
Dr S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE stated that many students are opting for the B Tech programmes than Master in Computer Application (MCA) course. This must be because it requires more years of study and moreover, students do not find the MCA programme very relevant.
Recently, the Supreme Court has restored the power of AICTE to regulate engineering and management institutes so, all the applications to open and close colleges for the academic year 2014-15 is received by the AICTE.
According to sources, the institutions which are applying for closure this year are mostly from Andhra Pradesh. As many as 80 colleges have applied for shutdown, which offers courses in engineering, management, computer application, pharmacy and education.