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The Economic Times | Bharath Joshi |  Jul 19, 2017 |

BENGALURU: Lack of demand has led professional colleges in the city to discontinue 28 courses this academic year. This is the biggest course closure Bengaluru has seen in the past five years. Interestingly, 21 of them are postgraduate courses, mostly in engineering and technology, according to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE ) data. Several colleges in the city closed their M.Tech programmes as students do not opt for specialisation in niche areas. This is because there are ample job opportunities for students who complete BE and the need to study further does not arise, experts point out.

RNS Institute of Technology (RNSIT) in Rajarajeshwari Nagar closed down its M.Tech programmes in power electronics, computer networking & engineer working & engineering and industrial electronics. “The M.Tech course has been reduced to an option if students don’t get a job after BE. To run these courses with just a handful of students is a waste of resources for us,” principal MK Venkatesha said. Last year, BNM Institute of Technology in Banashankari had only two students for its M.Tech computer networking & engineering course against the 24 seats available. Not a single student joined the M.Tech software engineering course. It was inevitable for the col lege to close them this year. “Even if we have one student, we need to have one professor, one associate professor and two assistant professors. It costs us Rs 50 lakh against Rs 65,000 that the lone student will pay. It’s a huge burden,” principal GN Krishnamurthy said. “Also, those who join M.Tech aspire to become teachers but even teaching jobs are getting saturated.” M.Tech students suffer from low confidence because they have to fight with undergraduate students for jobs.

“M.Tech courses in most colleges are not running properly because there are no jobs for M.Tech graduates,” said A Ramachandra, vice principal at AMC Engineering College on Bannerghatta Road, which closed three M.Tech and one BE telecommunication engineering courses this year. The decline is not confined to M.Tech courses. Four colleges closed MBA and two closed MCA programmes this year. For example, the T John Institute of Technology in Gottigere has closed MBA and MCA courses for two consecutive years now. “Courses are getting closed due to quality faculty not being there.Also, the absence of innovative, inspiring and inclusive teaching and research at the postgraduate level has simply not challenged the minds of bright students,” said H Karan Kumar, head of IT consulting and management firm Shruth & Smith Holdings. – Courtesy

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