New Delhi: In view of data that showed nearly 50 percent of engineering graduates were jobless, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) decided to stop establishing any more engineering colleges till 2022.
According to the council's own data, only six lakh engineering graduates were able to obtain employment out of the total 14 lakh graduates. As many as 518 engineering colleges shut down over the last five years and only 13 lakh technical seats were filled out of over 27 lakh seats for the year 2019-20.
The AICTE observed that the demand rate for engineering and technical seats had been decreasing over the years and is likely to remain the same in the future.
Commenting on the current scenario, Former Institute of Chemical Technology Vice-Chancellor GD Yadav said, "The hopeless engineers and sluggishness in the industry are leading to a massive breakdown of technical education in India."
Data published in another report (the Reddy Report) shows that the number of seats filled in comparison with the number of seats created had fallen to a dismal 49.8 percent over the past decade.
Lack of expert faculty, poor quality of teaching, limited to no placements, and lackadaisical attitude among students are a few reasons that are reportedly responsible for the decreasing trends.
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