Hyderabad: It is not just the BTech intake in private engineering colleges that has been slashed for the next academic year 2018-19. Even MTech seats too have faced the brunt of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Over 5,000 seats failed to get approval from the apex technical body. The AICTE had approved 25,140 seats last year while the same has come down to 20,125 for the next academic year.
Among the erstwhile 10 districts, the maximum number of seats i.e. 2,890, were axed in private engineering colleges in Ranga Reddy district, followed by Nalgonda where the intake was reduced by 915. In Mahabubnagar district while the intake was 282 in three colleges, it came down to a mere 36 in the same three colleges.
However, the number of private engineering colleges offering MTech course has gone up from 203 in last year to 207 for the next academic year. In Hyderabad, three more colleges got approval from the apex technical body to run the MTech course taking the total number of colleges to 17 with an intake of 1,419. Last year, 14 colleges in the city offered the course with 1,315 seats. Similarly in Karimnagar district, 10 colleges got approval from AICTE with an intake of 546 while it was seven colleges with 522 seats last year.
In total, the AICTE has approved 207 private engineering colleges to offer the MTech course with an intake of 20,125 for the next academic year as against 203 colleges and 25,140 seats the last year.
The MPharmacy course is no different from MTech. Here too, the number of seats have been reduced from 9,182 to 8,743 for the next academic year. However, the number of colleges offering the course have increased from 126 last year to 129 for the next academic year.
Both colleges and seats might face further cuts as the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad is yet to finalise its affiliation for the academic year 2018-19.