The New Indian Express | Babu K Peter | 16th February 2016 |
KOCHI: For a while, the demand for engineering seats has been going down. But some other courses, perceived to be popular, might overtake engineering in the no-takers list, especially MBA. According to the data available with the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), as many as 18,58,345 seats, ranging from MBA to hotel management and catering, have fallen into the no-takers category in the last four years in colleges affiliated to the AICTE. The situation is acute in southern states with Tamil Nadu leading the list with 2,79,827 vacant seats followed by Andhra Pradesh, 1,83,911, and Karnataka, 85,323. Kerala has the least number of vacant seats – 40,938. Apart from MBA and engineering, courses facing crisis include pharmacy, hotel management, MCA, applied arts and crafts, architecture and planning.
K Sasikumar, president of the Kerala Self Financing Engineering College Managements Association (KSFECMA) pointed out that supply disproportionate to demand was the basic reason for seats remaining vacant. “A number of colleges were established during past few years, investing crores for infrastructure. MBA may overtake engineering soon with regard to non-takers,” Sasikumar said. “Once a college is established by spending crores, it is not easy or practical to close down it when there are no students,” he added. As per the data available on the AICTE dashboard, a newly-added feature on the website, there are 10,329 AICTE-affiliated institutions across the country. In 2014, the AICTE had notified that every higher educational institution, which has completed six years of existence or two batches having passed out should get accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The AICTE statistics provided information regarding the number of institutions, intake, enrollment and number of faculties. But it does not provide any qualitative analysis of colleges. – Courtesy