From Our Correspondent
BUBANESWAR : The Technical Education Department here
has received 17 applications from private engineering
colleges in the state to close down some of their
branches or the institutes altogether from the academic
The applicants include 13 institutes in Bhubaneswar.
International Institute of Engineering and Technology in
the city has applied for closure, stating that they have
“no students” while 16 others want to shut down one or
two branches for the same reason.
As many as 70 colleges had more than 50 per cent vacant
seats. “We have received the applications and will
forward them to the All India Council for Technical
Education,” the Secretary of the Department Chandra
Sekhar Kumar said on January 14.
The branches that they have pleaded for closure include
IT, MCA, applied electronics and instrumentation and
pharmacy, each of the disciplines having around 60
seats. The department has 98 colleges. Engineering
colleges have been struggling to deal with seat vacancy
Although 63,000 students took the Odisha Joint Entrance
Examination and were eligible for BTech courses, 18,000
took admissions, leaving more than 23,000 seats vacant
in various colleges.
“The engineering colleges have become like sick
industries and we demand that the state government
provide them with rehab packages,” said secretary of the
Odisha Private Engineering Colleges’ Association Binod
The institutes in the city that want to close some of
their branches include Silicon Institute of Technology,
Mahavir Institute of Technology, N.M. Institute of
Engineering and Technology, Koustav Institute of Self
Domain, Krupajal Engineering College, Koustav
Engineering College, Mahavir Institute of Engineering
and Technology, Roland Institute of Technology, Temple
City College of Engineering and Technology, Roland
Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, Techno School of
Bhubaneswar and Gayatri College of Pharmacy.
Others are Ajay Binay Institute of Technology in Cuttack,
Padmanava College of Engineering in Rourkela, Vigyan
Institute of Technology and Kalyan Institute of
Technology, both in Berhampur.
“The demand for some disciplines, especially IT, has
gone down especially post recession. In another
development, there has been a simultaneous increase in
demand for core disciplines such as civil, electrical
and mechanical. Also, students, who are in any other
branch, are being absorbed in the IT sector whereas the
opposite does not happen. That is the reason why most
colleges have applied to close the IT discipline and we
are among them,” said director of N.M. Institute of
Engineering and Technology Subhas Chandra Mishra.