At least 14 engineering and management colleges in Rajasthan have sought permission to shut down as they are not getting adequate admissions and hence losing out in terms of money, Rajasthan Technical University’s (RTU) academic director Rohitashwa Shringi said on Monday.
The closure had affected as many as 2,000 students.
However, there was no cause of worry as the RTU had already shifted over 1,000 such students to other colleges, he said. The total number of colleges affiliated to the university is still 187.
The colleges which have sought closure are situated in Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Pali, Shri Ganganagar and Tonk districts of Rajasthan, he said and admitted that declining job opportunities in engineering and management courses was the reason why the colleges were in a rush to get out of non-profit making courses.
According to university officials, besides 14 colleges seeking total closure, there are about 26 others which have applied for shutting engineering and management branches/courses from current academic session (2015-16).
The university has already granted NoC to five out 14 colleges seeking total closure and 12 out 26 colleges pursuing course or branch closure, the officials said.
There have been closure applications from nine affiliated colleges last year too besides seven others which sought partial closure. Majority of them have been awarded NoC and the process was on to grant it the remaining, officials said.
RTU’s academic director Rohitashwa Shringi linked the trend to the education business and said when the colleges didn’t get students, they sought closure and the phenomenon was not confined to Kota alone.
Principal of a private college, which has applied for closure of engineering branches, admitted that declining number of admissions to such branches was the only reason behind the move.
Vice-chancellor of RTU, Vinay Kumar Pathak, related the trend to mushroom growth of private universities in the state besides, receding job opportunities in management and engineering faculties. Pathak said the trend was basically the fall out of a demand-supply mismatch whereby the demand in engineering and management sector was less than the supply. The RTU would write to the state government about the issue besides running an admission campaign for the colleges.