As many as 275 engineering colleges have applied for shutting down this year all across the country. On April 21, the Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Anil D Sahasrabuddhe confirmed this while disclosing that most of these colleges are located in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. 

The chairman said this at the inauguration of a teacher training programme on e-learning at the Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology in Coimbatore. 

In fact, AICTE has been proactively working towards reducing the number of engineering colleges in India from past 2 years. The government body has also lowered the penalty for shutting down colleges. 

Also, as part of transforming the education system and making students more employable, AICTE is taking steps to periodically revise the curriculum to meet the needs of industry and other sectors.

Sahasrabudhe said this was being done considering complaints that nearly 60 percent of those passing out of technical education institutions are not industry-ready and still require honing.

Apart from this, the regulatory body has made it mandatory for students to have an internship in industry for about two to three months, even during summer vacation, so that they imbibe skills before taking up jobs, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)