India has seen the number of engineering aspirants decline over the last few years and it is about time that AICTE took some repairing action towards it!
India is a country of engineers. Every year, lakhs of students appear for JEE and other national level engineering exams for admission to various specialisations. While on the one hand, many don’t clear the sky rocketing cut-offs set by the organizing bodies, there are many engineering seats lying vacant, on the other. This is cause of concern. What could be the reasons behind this shortcoming?
In order for improvement in quality in engineering colleges, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is under some preparations. Number of seats in engineering colleges might be made limited under a proposal. In 2015 alone, according to data from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), only 1.07 lakh students applied for the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) to around 1.56 lakh engineering degree seats in colleges across Maharashtra. Of the 1, 07, 147 applications received by DTE this year, 76,758 applicants were male and 30,389 were girls.
From Mumbai division, there were 28,170 applications. In 2014, around 1.06 lakh students had applied for engineering admissions. In an alarming report by HT, there was a drop of around 52,500 students compared to 2014 when around 13.56 lakh students registered for the Joint Entrance Test, Main (JEE Main- 2015). This year, 13.035 lakh students had registered for the exam which was held in April.
Similarly, in West Bengal, one of the engineering education hubs in India, there are no takers for more than 50% of engineering seats in Bengal. Out of 36,000 seats, 19,000 engineering seats remained empty after the final round of counselling. These include 221 seats in Jadavpur University (JU), the most coveted technical school in the state. “After the final round of counselling, only 17,000 seats have been filled,” West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board (WBJEEB) chairperson Bhaskar Gupta has said in an interview in July 2015. More than 1.2 lakh students sat for the WBJEE 2015 for admission to one of the 200 private colleges, six government colleges and JU. In the past one year, the number of engineering seats in the state has decreased from 42,000 to 36,000.
According to sources, earlier there used to be 60 seats in a subject which was changed directly to 120 in working tenure of previous government. Along with this, permission for running evening shift colleges in engineering colleges was also provided. But colleges increased seats without making suitable increment in resources due to which quality is being compromised. Similarly minimum percentage of marks for admission in engineering was reduced from 50 percent to 45 percent. Now for improvement in quality of colleges, there are chances for making changes in both of the above mentioned provisions.
Source: With inputs from Hindustan Times