1. BE/BTech seats going vacant, engineering colleges turning ghost campuses; here is why

BE/BTech seats going vacant, engineering colleges turning ghost campuses; here is why

Campus placements have been under 50% for the last five years, AICTE, the apex body for technical education in the country data suggested. Previous year, roughly eight lakh BE/BTech students graduated, but only about 40 per cent got jobs through campus placement.

By: | Updated: December 12, 2017 8:38 AM
BE/BTech seats are going vacant in the engineering colleges across the country with over half — 51 per cent — were vacant in 2016-17. (PTI)

In a shocking development, around 51 per cent of BE/BTech seats are going vacant in the engineering colleges across India, accoridng to Indian Express report. Campus placements have been under 50% for the last five years, according to data obtained from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Previous year, roughly eight lakh BE/BTech students graduated, but only about 40 per cent got jobs through campus placement. In the wake of extremely low seat filling – the technical education institutes having 70% or more vacant seats for the last five years – has got AICTE to consider asking such colleges to wind up and leave. Notably, AICTE is the apex body for technical education in the country. This comes even as there are reports which has hinted that education quality has been degrading in the country.

As per the report, the reason behind such a picture has been glaring gaps in regulation. This includes:
• Alleged corruption
• A vicious circle of poor infrastructure, labs and faculty
• Non-existent linkages with industry
• The absence of a technical ecosystem that can nurture the classroom

All this accounting for low employability of graduates and, therefore, an abysmal record of job placement. In short, a steady devaluation of Brand BE/BTech.

IIT-Kanpur chairman and chief of Maruti Suzuki, R C Bhargava explained the reason behind vacant engineering seats. According to him, it is because the institutes impart very poor quality education. “Most of the graduates don’t know the basics of engineering. The reason these vacancies keep increasing is because graduates can’t find jobs. That’s because employers don’t think they are worth employing. Most people will tell you that 80 per cent of engineering graduates are not employable,” Bhargava was quoted as saying.

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What led to this?

As per experts, while considering several factors most of them pointed out that the engineering boom that started in 1995 and peaked in the 2000s, which was later fuelled by the IT phenomenon and the Y2K bug. AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabuddhe was quoted as saying that a large number of people were required for coding then. The engineering branch did not matter at that time. There was always a job for an engineer in an IT company.

As a result, several private institutes came up to catch the opportunity to feed the industry’s appetite for engineers. The retired IISc professor D K Subramaniam explained the issue and said that when there was a demand for engineers, the private sector stepped in. A large number of government colleges did not immediately get into modern branches of engineering such as IT and computer science. The entire IT industry would have collapsed had it not been for these private institutes. The boom, however, ended in a problem of plenty.

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    Manmohan Singh
    Dec 11, 2017 at 11:26 pm
    This problem is mainly because, IT company"s really not done anything related to Engineering, instead they produced an army of call center employees. One of the American Senator compared Indian company's as chop shop vendors , since Indian IT company"s are not able to or never developed any IT Product
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      Manmohan Singh
      Dec 11, 2017 at 11:25 pm
      This problem is mainly because, IT company"s really not done anything related to Engineering, instead they produced an army of call center employees. One of the American Senator compared Indian company's as chop shop vendors , since Indian IT company"s are not able to or never developed any IT Product
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      1. Pavan Garg
        Dec 11, 2017 at 10:09 am
        The other reason in that almost the private engg colleges are being run by politicians, leaders and industrialists who were not professional in the field. The all want money by hook crook thereby downgrading the standard. For this Congress it solely responsible and to some extent present govt.
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          Harish
          Dec 11, 2017 at 9:18 am
          Too many engineering colleges, much more than required and poor quality of teaching. These are the two main reasons for this.
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          1. More Logical
            Dec 11, 2017 at 9:07 am
            Those who are teaching at most of private engineering colleges did not get job anywhere else ( actually do not deserve one in a industry considering their score in education). If such quality teachers/lecturers will be employed, what do you expect as outcome.
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