Chennai: As many as 33 private engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu have been ordered to be closed down for collecting high tuition fees from students, education minister K. Ponmudi said here on Saturday.
However, the government plans to set up 20 new engineering colleges.
It has written to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recommending it to de-affiliate 33 engineering colleges and to take action against them.
"We have written to the AICTE to take action against these colleges for collecting fees more than the amount fixed by the government, Ponmudi said.
The government is also planning a Common University Act to "streamline the functioning of institutions," he added.
The 20 new engineering colleges planned will be under the new Act.
These colleges "will fulfil the long-felt need for an engineering college in each district of Tamil Nadu," Ponmudi said. IANS