AICTE proposes to lift cap on engineering seats for individual branches

AICTE proposes

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) proposes to remove the restrictions on seats for individual branches from the academic session 2024-25. This move will allow more students to join top engineering colleges.

Currently, a college has a maximum cap of 240 seats per branch. The limit was introduced when a mismatch was witnessed between the demand and supply.

In the draft proposal approval process handbook, AICTE said, “As envisaged in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, and the nation’s proactive initiatives towards enhancement of Gross Enrolment Ratio, the council proposes to remove the upper limit on intake allowed for colleges/programmes offered by existing institutions.”

The council stated that occupied faculty positions and the availability of infrastructure were factors in this. Expert committees will conduct examinations prior to authorizing a rise in the number of applicants.

Only if the institution currently offers at least three courses in core branches will an increase in seats be permitted.

Prominent engineering universities embraced the idea. By taking this action, colleges that offer top-notch instruction might be able to grow their student bodies and campuses. Additionally, it will contribute to raising educational standards, according to Abhay Meganathan, vice-chairman of the Rajalakshmi Group of Institutions. He made the observation that, in comparison to India, US colleges typically had between 30,000 and 40,000 students enrolled, a far smaller number.

Though, there is sudden worry among the mid-level colleges as the move would affect the admissions. B Chidambararajan, Director, SRM Valliammai Engineering College said, “We will wait for the final approval process handbook, although there is a likelihood that the proposed move will increase the gap between the top colleges and mid-tier ones. They may not be able to provide quality education if admission dips.”

R Velra, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University said the move would accelerate the end of sub-par engineering colleges. As of now, Tamil Nadu has a sanctioned strength of 2.6 lakh seats in 440 engineering colleges.

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