University Grants Commission (UGC), Delhi, has banned the opening of new engineering colleges. Not only this, even the existing colleges would be unable to add new courses or increase the number of seats for the year 2014-15.
The circular issued recently has come as a shock for the country's education fraternity. In many states, affiliate institutions, including Punjab Technical University (PTU) in Punjab, have started the approval process already. In Punjab, more than 30 colleges have applied for more intake and three or four new colleges are coming up. The new decision has put brakes on the entire approval process.
Dr Anshu Kataria, chairman of Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh, said that a year's moratorium was good but had come at a wrong time. "Many educationists have created infrastructure already to start new courses or add seats, so for this year, the approval should be given and moratorium imposed for the next year," she said.
JS Bajaj, chairman of Bajaj Engineering College, Ludhiana, said it had taken the institution more than two year to complete the infrastructure of its upcoming engineering college near Mullanpur but the UGC circular had come as a shocker. If the UGC doesn't withdraw the circular, we'll move court," he said.