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The Hindu | R Sujatha | |

About 51 per cent of those admitted are first generating engineering students

When in 2006, Ranjith (name changed), a first generation learner, graduated in computer science engineering from a college in Villupuram he was confident about his future. A decade later, today, he does not have a job. He started out in a small company for a salary of Rs. 6,500 but could not cope. Later, he passed ME and became a lecturer for a salary of Rs. 21,500. He was told to collect fee from defaulters and get new students for the college. He quit after six months without being paid a rupee. After knocking on several doors, he became a research associate for a college project but his contract was not renewed. “My parents did not want me to go to college. I insisted and now I am nowhere,” says Ranjith who is now attempting service commission examinations. Ranjith graduated in the year when Anna University posted 20,000 vacancies, after single window counselling. Since then, the vacancies had been steadily increasing and this year, even before the start of counselling, 60,827 seats remained vacant as only 1,31,182 students were declared eligible for counselling as against the sanctioned intake of 1,92,009.

This year, nearly 51 per cent of those admitted through Anna University’s single window system, are first generation students of engineering. N.S. Venkataraman, director of Nandini Consultancy Centre, a city-based chemical engineering and chemical business consultancy company, says vacancies in colleges are a result of the government policy that has hurt the industry. The thrust on software has been at the expense of chemical, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies, which have been neglected. “More than 90 per cent of those who join engineering have no understanding of the prospects of the particular branch of their study,” he says. “Since there is no growth, companies have cut recruitment. The steady rise in salary by the government sector has forced companies to increase pay to retain talent,” he says. –  Courtesy


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