Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar in an interview over the weekend talked about the number of engineering seats left vacant, fewer placements among other critical issues affecting students and job seekers.
Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar in an interview over the weekend talked about the number of engineering seats left vacant, fewer placements among other critical issues affecting students and job seekers. Javadekar blamed ‘bad planning’ for the oversupply of seats due to which a large number of seats are left vacant. While talking about the a large number of engineering seats that have been left vacant this year, Javadekar said, “In the 1990s and 2000s, AICTE gave permission indiscriminately to everybody who was applying, without a perspective plan being prepared by the state governments. There was unplanned growth. It’s a case of oversupply”.
While further talking about the oversupply of seats in the colleges, the Indian Express quoted him as saying, “For any stream (of education), if you create an oversupply, there will be vacant seats. The real challenge is that students who are admitted (into colleges) must get quality education. Many institutes are failing (on this front).” He further went on to talk about students being technologically empowered and said, “They see placement records and decide to not take admission in bad colleges. In the last four years, we have allowed closure of more than 100 engineering colleges because there are few admissions. So, students are closing bad quality (colleges) and that’s a good sign.”
While talking about the issue of oversupply of engineering seats, Javadekar said that the oversupply was created because of lack of planning and indiscriminate approvals. He added that people felt that engineering was a was a prospering business and they invested without commitment because of which there are halls, but no students. While talking about the role of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Javadekar said that it went wrong in not taking the states into confidence in the past, during the UPA regime.
Javadekar further went on to talk about jobs in the technical sector and said that this time all IITs are getting very good placements which shows that there is an upturn in the Indian job market. Further while talking about why the lack of quality education is the reason behind the lack of jobs in the country, Javadekar said, ” It is not lack of jobs but lack of quality education in some institutes which is driving their students jobless. See, many universities don’t change their syllabus and engineering is a profession where they must change it at least biennially. AICTE is now coming out with a model curriculum each year. But the institutes will have to train teachers and employ good faculty.”