Professional colleges shut down

179 Professional Colleges Shut down in 2020-21

The number of professional colleges shut down in the academic year 2020-21 is the highest. 179 professional colleges were shut down in India.

Approximately 179 professional colleges were shut down in India in the academic year 2020-21. These colleges include several engineering colleges and business schools. The professional colleges were shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic imposed several restrictions on the mobility of students. The colleges had to suffer a financial crisis, tough employment environment, and falling demand due to which they had to shut down.

The number of professional colleges shut down in the academic year 2020-21 is the highest. The number of closure recorded this year is almost double in comparison to the number recorded the previous year. In 2018, the number of closures was 89 while in 2019 it increased to 92 according to the data released by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Other than the closures, there are 134 other higher education institutions that had not sought the approval for the fresh batches in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the higher education sector.  

As per the data released by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the number of closure is the highest in the nine years and is double the number reported in the previous academic year. Besides these closures, 134 more institutions are there which did not seek approval for the fresh batches in 2020 highlighting the disruption in the higher education sector.

Chocko Valliappa, chief executive of Vee Technologies, and vice-chairman of Sona College of Engineering, a leading private institution in Tamil Nadu conferred, “There are multiple challenges in the education sector this year. The job environment is tough, the pandemic has restricted mobility and the incomes of students’ families have gone down, delaying their fee-paying capability”.

AICTE said 762 institutions diminished admission as a result of course closure or division closure, influencing just about 70,000 seats in these technical schools. Bringing together because of the closure of entire institutions, closure of departments, not seeking approvals, and disciplinary action by the regulator against some 44 institutions, the number of technical education seats descended by almost 153,932. As many as 92 institutions were closed in 2019, contrasted and 89 in 2018, according to AICTE data.

However, the brighter side is that amid of COVID-19 pandemic 164 new institutions got approval from AICTE. While 1300 institutions received approval from AICTE for increasing intake of students by a total of 140,000 seats. AICTE regulates around 9,691 technical institutions, including engineering and business schools.

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