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Almost 180 universities of applied sciences, including engineering institutes and business schools, closed in the academic year 2020-21. According to the All India Council of Technical Eduction (AICTE), this is the highest number of technical facility closings in the past nine years.

In addition to the closure of 179 institutes, at least 134 institutes have not applied for approval this year, as a large number of seats have been free in the past 5 years, so that the facility cannot be continued. In addition, at least 44 institutes were unable to obtain approval, or their approval was revoked due to punitive measures by the technical education supervisory authority.

While 92 technical institutes had to close in the 2019-20 academic session, there were 89 (2018-19), 134 (2017-18), 163 (2016-17), 126 (2015-16) and 77 (2014) -fifteen ).

Progressive closure means that the institute cannot accept students for the first year during the academic year. However, existing students will remain until their course is completed and their degrees will be treated as valid.

In the academic year 2020-21, a total of 1.09 Lakh seats approved by AICTE were reduced in pharmacy and architecture institutions.

“According to the latest Supreme Court ruling, the approval of the” Council of Architecture “or” Pharmacy Council of India “is mandatory for the functioning of existing and the establishment of new architecture and pharmacy universities from the academic year 2020-2021. ” senior AICTE official said.

As a result, AICTE’s approval was no longer required. As a result, many of these universities have withdrawn their affiliation and approval from AICTE, which has resulted in a reduction in seats in large quantities. In fact, the pharmacy and architecture seats have now been taken over by their respective regulatory agencies, ”he added.

According to official statistics, more than 69,000 seats in 762 colleges have been reduced due to the decrease in admission or closure of a particular course or department.

“The approval process for 2020-2021 was a significant departure from previous years in several ways. The approval process was delayed due to the imposition and subsequent extension of the block. It was initiated in May and completed in late June. “In addition, the rigorous testing, which was physically carried out in various regional offices, was carried out through an online process. This included using online video conferencing for stakeholders to connect, virtually check infrastructure and campus facilities, and upload digitally signed documents. Although new institutes for management and polytechnic engineering have added seats, seats approved by AICTE have been reduced, ”said the official.

AICTE has also approved 164 new institutes for the 2020-21 academic season, which corresponds to 39,000 seats.

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