The Free Press Journal | By | | Dec 10, 2016
New Delhi : The attraction of the engineering degrees as the second highest after the medical has vanished so much so that there were no takers for nearly half of the seats in the engineering colleges. A report released by the All India Central Technical Education (AICTE) that grant accreditation to the engineering colleges says nearly 9 lakh seats have not been filled this year as against 8.75 lakh seats remaining empty. The total number of the engineering seats in 3,073 colleges in 2015-16 were 16.94 lakh while only 8.19 lakh seats were filled, leaving the rest not filled. AICTE chairman Dr Udesh Kohli said the sanctioned seats in the engineering colleges are not much, but the young generation has lost interest in them as the economy is not growing fast to absorb those coming out with the engineering degrees.
The AICTE has, however, decided to reduce the total seats to around 10 lakh by cancelling accreditation of the colleges not providing quality education as also stopping permission for the evening classes. No permission is granted for the evening classes in any college. Kohli said already 90,000 seats have been reduced due to either closure of the colleges and stoppage of more than one shifts. The highest number of 1,47,253 engineering seats are empty in Tamil Nadu, followed by 1,06,393 in Telangana, 94,843 in Andhra Pradesh, 87,775 in Uttar Pradesh, 78,386 in Maharashtra, 59,321 in Madhya Pradesh, 54,650 in Haryana,39,175 in Rajasthan, 30,009 in Gujarat and 29,737 in Karnataka. – Courtesy