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30 Percent of Engineering Seats Go Abegging (remained vacant) in Kerala State

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The New Indian Express |  By Babu K Peter |  08th September 2015 |

KOCHI:  With the admissions to the B Tech courses for the 2015-16 academic year now completed, 30 per cent of the seats remained vacant, indicating that there were comparatively less number of takers for the engineering seats this year. As per the statistics released by Kerala Technological University(KTU), only 70 per cent of the seats, including those in the government and private-run institutions, have been filled up so far. Of the total approved intake of 58,165 seats, 17,907 have remained vacant. While all the nine government engineering colleges registered 100 per cent admission, only  two of the 118  private self-financing engineering colleges managed to ensure 100 per cent admission.Three aided and two government self-financing colleges also managed to get their seats filled up. Of the 152 engineering colleges in the state,  as  many as 13 registered admissions below 30 per cent. Twelve of these institutions are self-financing colleges, while one is a government self-financing college.

Ten Colleges found takers for 90 to 99 per cent of the seats.  Twenty colleges registered 50 to 59 per cent admission while 14 colleges secured 40 to 59 per cent and nine had 30 to 39 per cent admission.  Even IHRD Colleges could not fill up their seats. The admission rate in nine IHRD colleges  stands  at 74.2 per cent. Seats in the colleges under the Cooperative Academy for Professional Education(CAPE) have also remained vacant, with takers for just 69.4 per cent of the seats. The statistics also showed that the private colleges had found takers for the management seats rather than those in the merit category. And the admission rate to the management seats is 66 per cent while in merit seats  it is  a mere 40 per cent.

There are also reports that more than 2.5 lakh seats for engineering courses  are lying vacant in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh  and  Odisha. And lack of brand recall,  poor reputation,  dearth of job opportunities, appalling lack of standards and inexperienced faculty are the major reasons attributed for the indifference from the students towards engineering education. The Commissioner of Entrance Examination, Kerala had earlier revealed that as many as , 20,078 out of 75,258 candidates,  who had cleared the  entrance,  did not submit their Plus Two mark list, which is mandatory if they were to be included on the entrance rank list. It was also yet another manifestation of the student community’s flagging interest for the engineering courses. – Courtesy     /     Admission Statistics for the KTU B.Tech Course for the Academic Year 2015-16


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