The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked universities and institutes to raise awareness about the impact of population explosion, including food insecurity and loss of biodiversity. India's population is expected to surpass China's on July 1, 2022. AICTE stressed the need for balance between population growth and the capacity of Earth's ecosystems. The communication follows a directive from the government, but participation in awareness activities is voluntary.
Admissions for undergraduate courses in Maharashtra have seen a surge in demand for computer engineering and new-age courses like AI and data science, while traditional streams like civil and mechanical engineering have seen more than 50% vacancies. The state has witnessed the highest number of engineering admissions in seven years, with 1,17,858 aspirants enrolling in various branches. The increase in engineering admissions is attributed to the promotion of new-age courses by the All India Council of Technical Education.