April 20, 2019
Due to lack of students, 27 polytechnic colleges have moved an application with the government's higher & education department, Maharashtra to shut down. Around 72000 seats including 5,200 seats in government-run and -aided polytechnics remained vacant after 2018 admissions. This condition prevails despite low fees collected by government-run and -aided polytechnics.
In 2017 nearly 80,000 seats or 57 percent were vacant.
“No decision has been taken on the proposal yet. However, we will not take a decision in haste,” a senior official from the Higher and Technical Education
Department said. “We will examine the number of students currently studying in the colleges, the facilities they offer, the number of staff, etc, and then take the decision. The decision will be taken in a phased manner. However, those colleges that do not have any students will be closed down first.”
“Due to other professional courses that offer better job prospects – like BSc (IT) or Bachelor of Mass Media – the popularity of polytechnics has gone down.”
“The department has issued a letter to the polytechnics asking them to fulfil deficiencies in their proposals,” Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod.
Tawde said, "The final decision will be taken by All India Council for Technical Education after receiving no-objection certificate from the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education".
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