Shankar S Mantha, its chairman, is convinced the country needs more engineering colleges.
"Given the low gross enrolment ratio of India (18-20 per cent), there is a need to make available more higher education opportunities for this huge chunk of students who remain outside the system," says he.
It is only two years later that the council will revisit the issue - that's how long it takes to build an engineering college - when the colleges approved now will be up and running.
Besides, says he, some redundancy needs to be built into the capacity as some streams lose favour and others gains currency.
Mantha is convinced that engineering colleges will run out of seats once Indian students who go abroad to study prefer to do so in India.
"Even in the US, the top six or seven management institutes are all full; but in some of the better institutes, around 50 per cent of the seats are vacant. I expect in another year or so the entire sector will undergo a sea change and you will find more institutes will be needed," he says.