Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University has advised self-financing engineering colleges in the state to shift under-admitted batches to other colleges. The advice comes close on the heels of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)'s move to permanently shut colleges where admission rates fall below 30 percent continuously for five years.
University vice-chancellor Kuncheria P. Isaac conveyed the suggestion to representatives of 29 self-financing colleges in Kerala where admission rates remain low. The university says the colleges agreed to his suggestion that students from under-admitted batches in any college be shifted to other colleges where admission rates to the same courses are better.
Some courses will thus find an increased number of students. Batches where students are too low in number can be wound up too.
Engineering colleges in Kerala have 55,000 seats altogether but only 31,000 of them are filled. This year 61 percent seats were filled up. The managements pointed out in their meeting with the vice-chancellor that admission rates in other states are only 40 percent. He told them all efforts will be made to avoid closing down the colleges.