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M.Tech engineering Seats go Abegging at Kerala Technological University (KTU)

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The New Indian Express |  By Sovi Vidyadharan | 01st October 2015 |

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as engineering undergraduate courses found more takers this year, compared to the previous years, the situation has turned worse for post graduate engineering courses, as nearly 60 per cent of MTech seats in the state remain vacant. According to the statistics accessed from Kerala Technological University (KTU) / APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University only 3,552 seats out of the 8,930 MTech seats have been filled this year. Interestingly, 2,098 out of these 3,552 seats are in the merit quota. What’s even more alarming is that 51 batches in 34 colleges have not recorded even a single admission. The statistics also revealed that a private self-financing college in Kollam did not have even a single student for any of the MTech courses it offered.

 The vacancy for MTech seats was not confined to private colleges alone this year. While College of  Engineering, Trivandrum, had three vacant seats for MTech, Government Engineering College, Calicut, and RIT, Kottayam, had two seats and one seat respectively with no takers.Except for seven government  institutions, not a single private institution could manage 100 per cent admissions in all MTech batches. However, 79 MTech batches in 26 colleges – which included both government and private – recorded cent per cent admission.“With teaching opportunities in engineering almost saturated, there are very few takers for MTech courses these days. Also a large number of BTech graduates are inducted by various companies through campus placement, leaving very few students who are interested in pursuing MTech,” M Abdul Rahman, Pro Vice Chancellor of KTU, said on Wednesday. According to Rahman, the number of MTech graduates who are absorbed by reputed companies through campus placements constitutes only 20 per cent of the total recruits. This may be another reason why there are very few takers for engineering post graduate courses. The university would consider action, including withdrawal of affiliation of colleges which had recorded poor admission, he said. Interestingly, the number of vacant BTech seats in the state which hovered around 30,000, has come down to 18,000 this year, recording an admission rate of 70 per cent. – Courtesy


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