New Delhi: A total of nine polytechnics and 28 engineering institutes were shut down in Haryana since 2009 due to paucity of funds and other problems, state Technical Educational Minister Ram Bilas Sharma told the Assembly.
Besides shortage of funds, drop-outs and poor admission rates of students are some of the other factors responsible for the present plight of the institutes in the state, Sharma said.
He made the remarks in response to a query in the Assembly, India Today reported.
At present, there are only 25 government polytechnic institutes and nine government engineering colleges in the state that are running, he added.
To remedy the situation, the state government has increased the total number seats for Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology courses.
The seats have been increased from 2,050 to 2,830 between 2009-10 and 2015-16 period, Sharma said.
However, vacant seats in nine government engineering institutes have gone up from 36 in 2009-10 to 830 in 2015-16.
In government polytechnic institutes, the vacant seats have increased from 22 in 2009-10 to 25 in 2015-16.
For diploma in engineering courses, the number of seats has been reduced from 13,900 to 9,900.
Also, as many as 2,060 seats of all streams in 25 government polytechnic institutes in 2015-16 were left vacant.