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No new engineering college will open in 2020

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In the year 2020, no new engineering college will be opened in the country nor any seat will be increased in any B.Tech course. Colleges for poor performance and violating rules will be closed. The Central Government has approved these recommendations of its constituted Working Committee. The entire focus of the government is on increasing quality rather than opening new colleges due to dwindling demand for engineers in national and international markets. According to a senior official of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will not recognize new engineering colleges in the academic session 2020-21. States will soon be informed in this regard. Apart from this, no seat will be increased in any B.Tech course in any engineering college. Colleges will have to focus on specialization in various courses like Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science and Engineering, Internet of Things, Internet SW, Mobility etc. The committee was formed last year. In 2018, to test the demand of engineers in the international and national markets, the Government has given the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Hyderabad, Prof. An eight-member committee was constituted under the chairmanship of BVR Mohan Reddy. It included experts from IIT, FICCI, NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM, Center for Management Education etc. The committee wrote in the report that fifty percent of engineering seats have been vacant for the last two years. Whereas only 52 per cent students are getting placements. The committee recommended not opening new engineering colleges in 2020. AI & Data Sciences in NIRF Ranking Institutes AICTE’s engineering colleges will teach AI and Data Sciences (Artificial Intelligence and Data Sciences) courses from 2020. However, this course will start in the same institutions, which have scored the top hundred in the NIRF rankings and more than 75 per cent marks in NBA accreditation.

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