143 India tech institutions apply to shut shop

Following low turnout of students, over 140 private technical institutions--offering programs in engineering, management and computer applications--have sought permission from authorities to close, reports say.

A poor response from students may have led to as many as 143 private technical institutions, teaching engineering, management and computer applications, to seek approval from authorities--the All India Technical Council of Education (AICTE)--to close, reports say.

The Deccan Herald in a report Sunday, pointed out that the highest number of such applications came from the state of Andhra Pradesh--a total of 56 technical institutes.

The news daily noted that in a reply to a question in India's lower house of the Parliament, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said the AICTE had not asked for closure of these institutions.

"However, this may be due to poor admission in the institutions," she added in the report.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, officials from the ministry said: "The request for closure of programs is a pointer towards a factor where supply of seats in technical programme far outnumbers the demands and also to the fact that institutes need to deliver quality or perish."

It noted that AICTE was also of the view that poor interaction between the institutes and the industry, and poor teaching standards have also led to this situation.