Colleges drop “University” Tag, over 300 may go inoperative by 2018
Two of India’s most prominent colleges: Symbiosis in Pune and Christ in Bengaluru have decided to drop ‘University’ tag from their names with immediate effect after an order from UGC.
These, along with few other major educational institutes were at the receiving end of UGC’s ire, regarding the usage of University tag.
Meanwhile, engineering students need to be careful! Over 300 engineering colleges across India will have to shut down their business, and this can prove to be disastrous for the students who are already studying there., or wish to apply there.
University Grants Commission has created ripples across the educational sector, by prohibiting around 120+ educational institutes from using University tag in their names.
Within 2-weeks of this UGC order, Symbiosis International University has renamed themselves to Symbiosis International (Deemed University); meanwhile Christ University is now simply Christ.
300 Engineering Colleges To Be Shut Down!
Around 300 private engineering colleges would have to stop functioning from the academic year 2018-19. Reports from a national daily suggest they won’t be eligible to offer new admissions as well. According to the report by The Times of India, these 300 colleges would be closed as they have failed to meet the basic requirement of 30% enrollment for 5 consecutive years. The report further quoted a senior MHRD official saying that another 500 engineering colleges are under the scanner for not being able to fill up seats.
AICTE has suggested these institutions to convert these institutions into science or vocational institutions. This move comes after AICTE, in September, had asked 800 engineering colleges to shut down on the grounds of poor performance and having enrollment of below 50%. “We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own,” said AICTE Chairperson Anil D Sahasrabudhe.
Overall 500 engineering colleges are under scanner from HRD Ministry. At present, there are 3000 private engineering institutes across India, which has a combined capacity of 13.56 lakh students, per year. Out of these, there 800 engineering colleges whose enrollment stands less than 50%, in the last 5-years.