After low admission in courses, All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE) may close down some streams of engineering. Some state higher education department have recommended the AICTE to stop taking enrollment in these streams.
"Because of these courses that have minimal admissions, the overall numbers reflect on the overall intake in vacant engineering seats. If we continue to have these courses just for the filling of seats then there is no use. This is the reason why we thought of writing to AICTE for further action on these courses,” an official from the Karnataka higher education department said.
These streams include Aerospace Engineering, Automation and Robotics Engineering, Ceramics and Cement Technology, Environmental Engineering, Instrumentation Technology, Manufacture Science and Engineering, Mining Technology.
In December last year Engineering colleges across Ahemdabad were left staring at closure as 70% of the engineer seats remained vacant.
The lack of takers for the courses has primarily been due to the lack of jobs in those fields.
Apart from courses, AICTE has also decided to close down colleges that fail to attract minimum required students in a year. The AICTE norms state that colleges lacking proper infrastructureNSE -0.71 % and having less than 30 per cent admissions for successive 3 years or more face closure.