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The Times of India | TNN | Updated: Dec 21, 2016 |

CHENNAI: Engineering may sit on top in the list of priorities for science students, but not everyone finds the going great. According to data from Anna University, nearly 3,000 students dropped out of engineering in 2014-15, a 50% rise from 2011-12 when 2,100 students left their courses midway. There are nearly 540 colleges under Anna University offering engineering programmes at the undergraduate level, but not every college has the faculty and infrastructure to produce quality engineers, said Erode-based educationist Moorthy Selvakumaran.  “Most students want to get a decent job after graduation and not all colleges provide good placement. So, when first-year students see their seniors struggling for a job, they alter course,” he said.  Some of these dropouts choose a different career, while others hunt for jobs. “They take up an arts course as the fees are less and duration is three years. One can either pursue higher studies or take up a job for a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 at least,” Selvakumaran said.

A marginal section of these dropouts join MBBS, say professors. “Some students may get into medicine after enrolling for engineering. This happens in July and August of every academic year. But, some decide to drop out in the latter part of the year and prepare for entrance exams,” a professor of a private engineering college in Salem said. Several dropouts are slow-learners who find pursuing engineering tough. “It is good that these students realise that they do not have the ability to pursue engineering. But, they should not let their career go for a toss. They can take up skill-based training in vocational programmes and explore avenues,” Selvakumaran said.  Educationist J P Gandhi said lack of counselling for students is also a reason for the increasing dropout rates. “Many students in rural areas do not get the right guidance about choosing their career and join engineering because their parents want them to. Later, they drop out,” he said. –  Courtesy

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