Sibal announces additional 200,000 engineering seats

Updated on: Friday, December 31, 2010

In a pleasant surprise for students , HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday announced an increase of almost 200,000 seats in engineering courses in India.

As part of reforms in All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) norms, the minister also announced additional 80,000 seats in management  and 2,200 seats in architecture courses.

The norms for land requirement for engineering colleges were also liberalized, with Sibal saying that lesser space will be needed for establishing technical institutes.

While an engineering college  in rural India will need 10 acres of land, just 2.5 acres of land will be needed in urban areas, he said.

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