The Lok Sabha on Monday was informed about the vacant seats in All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved engineering colleges across the country. Over 45 per cent seats in colleges remained vacant in the last four years.
48.79 per cent seats remained vacant during 2014-15 academic session, while 47.68 per cent, 49.70 per cent and 49.30 per cent seats remained vacant during 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satya Pal Singh said.
"The actual enrolment in technical institutes is based on demand-supply situation which is attributed to the location of the institute, research and infrastructure facilities and placement opportunities," Singh said.
239 applications were received by the AICTE from engineering and technical institutes for closure, out of which 51 institutes were granted letter of approval.