BENGALURU: With state-run engineering colleges not ramping up infrastructure and fixing the staff shortage problem, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to reduce 40,000 seats in government colleges across the country. Every year, about 10 lakhs engineering seats are available across India. 

“The decicion to reduce seats has been taken after seeing the lackadaisical attitude and negligence of state governments in changing the condition of state-run engineering colleges. They have failed to recruit faculty and provide proper infrastructure,” AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe told TOI here on Wednesday on the sidelines of the national conference on ‘Indian Management Education - Time to Transform’ organised by the Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), Bengaluru. 


AICTE has decided not to give permission to any new engineering colleges in India for the next two years following a report of a committe headed by IIT Hyderabad chairman BVR Mohan Reddy. However, approval for additional seats and new programmes in existing institutions will be granted based on capacity utilisation.