38 colleges in Maharashtra shut engineering courses over poor enrolment

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PUNE: As many as 38 colleges in the state discontinued their engineering course in 2018-19 due to poor enrolment, director of technical education Abhay Wagh said here on Sunday.

Wagh said there were close to 1.65 lakh engineering seats in 365 colleges and 70,000 seats in 450 polytechnic institutes in Maharashtra last year. He was in Pune to inaugurate a new website for the accreditation of engineering colleges in the state.

There has been a huge gap between demand and supply in this field in the recent years. Hence, colleges with poor enrolment were asked to discontinue their engineering courses. Now, there are 327 colleges with 1.27 lakh engineering seats in the state,” Wagh said.

Wagh said polytechnic students have been asked to do the compulsory internship in the third and fourth semester. The curriculum has been changed and improved based on industrial technology so that the graduating students become employable, he said.
Wagh said the directorate of technical education in industries was sending faculty for a week’s compulsory training to industries. The directorate reviewed some technical institutes in the state and found a major gap in the knowledge of students and industry practices, he said.

Since the past nine months, some teachers are being sent for work experience in industries for a week. The teachers are learning about advanced technologies, changes in methodologies and resource management, among others, and are imparting this knowledge to the students,” said Wagh.
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The teachers are being sent for training to companies like Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra and Reliance. As many as 3,500 teachers, around 1,000 of them from private aided institutes, have taken this training.
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