As many as 44 new technical colleges are likely to start functioning in the coming academic session in state.
While 14 engineering, 18 MBA and 16 MCA colleges have applied for closure owing to dismal admissions, around 44 applications have been received by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for opening new colleges.
Owing to this, the loss in the number of engineering seats will be around 6,500, apart from the seats sought to be reduced by the colleges.
Quite a few women’s technical institutions have applied for closure, while five of them have sought conversion to co-education to increase the intake.
Nearly 2.05 lakh engineering seats remained vacant under the convener and management quotas after the Eamcet counselling 2012.
Only 50 percent of seats in MBA colleges and 70 percent in MCA colleges were filled after counselling. Most of the colleges that have applied for closure are mainly from rural areas.
A large number of them were located in Chittoor, Medak, Rangareddy and Krishna districts, and a few in Warangal and Hyderabad districts.
The last date for applying for closure of institutions as well as starting new ones has been extended to February 20 on payment of late fee.
The scrutiny committee meeting held earlier this month rejected nine proposals to set up new colleges, mostly for MBA, PGDM and pharmacy. The final list of new colleges will have to be ready by Feb 26, when the AICTE executive panel meets.
Despite multiple revision of dates, college managements were still seen struggling to upload information regarding their institutions to the AICTE portal.