From the new session, engineering colleges can have more than 240 seats in one branch. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has taken a major decision for the new session of engineering. The seat cap has been removed regarding the new education policy 2020. The number of seats has been abolished from the academic session 2024-25. Till now engineering colleges could have a maximum of 240 seats in a branch, which is no longer valid. This decision has been taken to increase the gross enrollment ratio. This has also been done to balance the ratio of men and women. AICTE has said that institutions seeking approval to start new programs or increase the number of seats will have to apply by January 31. Since the release of the approval process manual for the year 2024-27 academic session, the Council has received more than 2,000 applications.
Now an expert committee will examine the facilities of the institute. The number of seats will be increased after thorough inspection. The number of seats will increase only when proper arrangements are made. The assessment will ensure whether the institution is well prepared to handle the additional load responsibly and maintain high standards of education.
Number of seats will not increase if flaws are found
If the expert committee finds flaws in the investigation then the number of seats will not be increased. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will involve teachers from IITs and NITs for the investigation. For this, more than one thousand people will be involved as experts. These experts will inspect the technical institutions.