TO B.E OR NOT TO BE?

Chennai, March 18: Over fifty per cent vacancies in engineering colleges last year was due to the increase in the number of colleges, rather than dearth of students,” said D. Manjula, Professor, Computer Science Department at College of Engineering, Guindy.

While engineering college teachers blame the All India Council for Technical Education’s policies for the extra seats, career counselors say the government’s skewed policy has adversely affected the students.

“When you keep giving free laptops to students, their mind gets diverted and they become disinterested in higher education,” says Zubin Malhotra, a counselor with Career Guidance.

According to a report by The Hindu, about 36 per cent of the applicants did not appear for counseling last year.

Affan - Guindy College (Picture-Poorani Balendra)
College of Engineering, Guindy. Photo: Poorani Balendra

A professor in College of Engineering, Guindy, said that there were only 350 colleges in 2009 but now there are more than 500. “The supply is more than the demand. There are two lakh seats for one lakh applications.”

Nikila Balakumar, final year student in the Electronics Department at St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, said that the quality of infrastructure both in government and self-financing engineering colleges were poor. “The government should hire good teachers as they ensure quality technical education,” he added.

Lakshman Bharath, student of Mechanical department at College of Engineering, Guindy, said “It’s wrong to say that students are losing interest in engineering courses because they are not able to get jobs.”

“Smart students get placed anywhere, it is unfair to say than unemployment is the reason for students to not opt for engineering,” said Bharath.

Malhotra said “Some students want admission only in reputed engineering colleges with good facilities. Otherwise they are ready to take up other courses.” He also said that a number of third tier colleges lacked qualified teachers and had poor placement records.

Twelfth standard student, Samyukhta Jay said that she would choose a degree in humanities if she did not get into a reputed engineering college.

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