Hyderabad: About 10 engineering colleges are in line for ‘progressive closure’ from the upcoming academic year 2020-21 and have applied to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH). The last date to opt for closure of various courses and institutes is likely to be extended by a week. The deadline expired on Friday.
According to the norms, institutes can opt for closure if the admissions are less than 30 per cent of capacity in the three consecutive academic years. Every year, JNTUH issues notification inviting applications for closure of institutes and courses. The All India Council for Technical Education gives the final nod after verification.
In progressive closure, the process begins with cancelling admissions for the first year students and the institute would function with the existing students. The institute would be closed after all the students graduate.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, JNTUH Registrar A. Govardhan said that most of the 10 colleges that had applied for closure were located on the city outskirts. They cited lack of admissions and high maintenance cost. The number is likely to go up if the last date is extended.
In the last academic year, 13 colleges had applied for closure but only two institutes were permitted to down shutters by the AICTE.