Bengaluru used to have the highest number of engineering colleges at one point, but something’s changed.
Story so far: Till now, nine engineering colleges in the city have shut down. While poor teaching was a scarily common reason, it wasn’t always the case. Some have cited a decline in the demand for engineering courses, while others were affected by road widening projects.
- An engineering college on Kanakapura Road had to shut down after it lost a lot of its land to the road widening project.
- The number of unfilled seats has also gone up. In 2017, it was 19,000, which is already a lot. In 2021, this number reached 28,339.
State of the Nation: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has said that it will not greenlight any new college till 2024. This came after the country saw 917 institutes close since 2013.
- These are just the “progressive closing” numbers. This is when an institute fails to admit enough students for a first-year batch.