With over 27 lakh engineering seats lying vacant across various engineering colleges in the country, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the regulatory body for technical education has decided to close down those technical colleges having less than 30 per cent admissions in last Five years starting from the session next year.
“In the past few years, the AICTE has been actively working on reducing the quantity of engineering institutions across the country due to increased institutes and poor demand and falling quality education . The regulatory body has also reduced the penalty for closing down an engineering institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut in the midst of poor demand.” said Anil D Sahasrabuddhe , Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) here today while speaking at a Two day World Education Summit 2017 organised by Elets an NGO, along with Government of Rajasthan, AICTE and National Skill Development corporation.
“There are 10,361 engineering institutions in the country, that are approved by AICTE, with a total intake of 37,01,366. Apart from closing several colleges the AICTE has now focussed towards life skills and solving real life problems. The number of jobs are diminishing in the country, to cover its up AICTE has formulated the National Student Startup Policy to propel Indian youth to contribute to the nation’s socio-economic progress.It aims to achieve this by promoting technology-driven student start-ups. It envisages to create 1 lakh technology based student start-ups and a million employment opportunities in the next 10 years.” Said AICTE Chairman Sahasrabuddhe.
“The minister also said that all students passing out of undergraduate courses would be imparted technical and soft skills required for working in the industry encompassing managerial skills, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, communication skills, team-working skills and technical skills.” Said Mr Sahasrabuddhe .
About 300 eminent education experts, ministers and higher officials from India and abroad will take part in the Two day World Education Summit 2017 being organised in Delhi from August 11-12, 2017
Ms Kiran Maheshwari, Rajasthan Technical & Higher Education Minister while speaking on the occasion said “ State of the art language labs will be set up in about 220 Government colleges in Rajasthan starting this academic session as in this era of globalisation, the knowledge of language is a necessity”,
“Language Lab assists in four basic requirements for learning a new language, which are, speaking while reading, learning, listening and writing. This is very useful these days and a popularly used tool.language skills are a must if we have to communicate with the other countries”For the precise understanding of technical information, expert understanding of language is essential for the students”, said Ms Maheshwari.
“ Eminent educationists taking part in the Two day World Education Summit with focus on higher and school education and closing gap in the growing digital divide .Emerging trends in higher education, newer classroom teaching methods, skill development, education skills and employment and industry prospective linked with higher education will be some of the other subjects that will be discussed An exhibition with latest display of technologies for e learning will be the major highlight of the conference “said Mr Ravi Gupta, Managing Director, Elets, the main organiser of the summit.
Eminent speakers at the Summit include V S Radhakrishnan, State Minister of Education, Sri Lanka, Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Education Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha & National Vice President, BJP, Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, National Council of Education Research and Training ( NCERT)