The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved a whopping 85 new self-financing engineering colleges, including nearly half-a-dozen exclusive women’s institutions, taking the tally of private players in engineering education in Tamil Nadu to 420. With this, the number of BE/BTech seats in private colleges is set to cross 1.64 lakh. Two colleges have been approved for Puducherry too.
Only Andhra Pradesh, with 523 engineering colleges, is ahead of Tamil Nadu in technical education. While Maharashtra has 227 such institutions, Karnataka has 154, according to AICTE data.
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