Mumbai, Aug. 21 -- The process of approval of new institutes recently ended at the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and for the first time in nearly half a decade, the number of new institutes is lower than the number of institutes allowed to shut shop for the 2021-22 academic year.

This also meant that the intake capacity in engineering colleges across the country stands at its lowest in the past 10 years.

From 15.48 lakh approved intake capacity in engineering institutes, the number this year stands at 12.86 lakh across 2,978 institutes around the country.

In its second year, the blanket ban on new engineering institutes seems to have finally achieved what the experts had aimed to-less number of seats that focus on bet...