58 institutes want AICTE approval to shut down

With the demand-supply mismatch continuing in technical education, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has received 58 applications till date for closure of institutes across various disciplines. The applications for the 2013-14 academic year have come from across the country and includes five from Maharashtra. The numbers are expected to go up as colleges can apply till December-end.

"Applications for closure can be sent till December 31, 2012, and processing will be done from January 2013. So far, we have received equal number of applications for closure from engineering and management institutes," said AICTE chairman S S Mantha.

The AICTE has received applications for shutting down 21 engineering institutes, 21 management institutes, 10 pharmacy institutes and six institutes offering masters degree in computer applications. As of now, the highest numbers have come Andhra Pradesh (seven), followed by five each from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.

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