Posted by Assistant Secretary SJ Tidke, the letter cited the growing number of vacancies at both types of colleges over the past three years or so. Addressed to President Anil Sahasrabuddhe, the government’s letter pointed out that even Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University (BATU) established by the government in Lonere, Raigad, for technical education, had recommended that there was no need for new engineering institutes in the state for the academic year. 2018-19.
“Considering the vacancies in degree / diploma programs and the recommendations of BATU and Maharashtra State Technical Education Council (MSBTE), Mumbai, you are kindly requested not to allow the establishment new colleges for the two Maharashtra courts, ”the letter said.
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The additional chief secretary, Sitaram Kunte, told TOI that there was a big mismatch between demand and supply, which had resulted in a sharp increase in vacancies in both courts. He blamed the trend for the proliferation of colleges without taking this factor into consideration on the top body.
“Under previous rules, universities used to have their perspective plans for colleges. However, AICTE began to grant colleges directly without state or university permission. They made it compulsory for states and universities to grant affiliation to such institutes. Their position was justified by the court, which led to an increase in the number. ”
He added that BATU had been established as the one engineering university for all university colleges in the state, and it had become mandatory for new institutes to apply for its affiliation. “To date, more than 70 colleges are affiliated with it. Ultimately, it would be a university common to all engineering colleges. Its forward plan submitted to the government indicated that no further colleges in the two disciplines were needed for the next academic year due to the vacancies. Its recommendations are made after conducting an appropriate scientific study taking into account demand and supply, ”Kunte added.
Referring to the letter from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Tidke said that in the past three academic years, vacancies in the degree courses were 42%, 44.78% and 40.87% . Those taking degree courses also increased steadily, from 48.34% to 55.94% to 56.64% during the same period.
While speaking to TOI in December, Sahasrabuddhe overthrew the government of Maharashtra for not submitting his prospect plan despite numerous requests. He also informed that AICTE had decided to develop a “national perspective plan” which would inform on the requirements of vocational colleges across the country.
An RTI request by activist Abhay Kolarkar revealed that during the 2014-15 academic year, 67,004 BE seats could not be filled. The number was 64,625 in 2015-16. In 2016-2017, there was a reduction in reception capacity, but there were still 44.78% of vacancies. There were two fewer colleges and the number of seats fell by more than 10,000, but 64,418 seats remained vacant.