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Quality Of Engineers Matters, AICTE To Cut 600,000 Seats!

Quality Of Engineers Matters, AICTE To Cut 600,000 Seats!

Even with the huge number of private engineering colleges in the country, many students find it hard to get a seat into their favourite engineering trade in the country.

Quality Of Engineers Matters, AICTE To Cut 600,000 Seats!

In a state like Kerala, where there are more than 100 engineering colleges, kids drop studying for an year to just prepare for getting better seats in private institutes; forget those who are aiming for IITs and NITs.

But on the flip-side is case of quality. As an engineer, I am sure that many will agree that our engineering curriculum needs a major revamp. ‘Innovation’ needs to come to forefront and not being a bookworm.

Even then, many students fail to reach the quality standard and now  All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) hass decided to address the situation with immediate measures.

To curb the growing rate of empty seats in some colleges (and courses) along with the below par output of many colleges, AICTE has decided to decrease the number of seats available in engineering course by close to 40%. In pure numbers that would mean a loss of 6,00,000 seats.

As a engineer, student or aspirant, we do know that unless an engineering college, course and seats are certified by AICTE, they are not valid.

“We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh (one million and 1.1 million) from a little over 16.7 lakh now. The capacity should come down for the betterment of all—students, education providers and employers,”  chairman of AICTE Anil Sahasrabudhe was quoted by Live Mint.

“We would like to bring it down to between 10 lakh and 11 lakh (one million and 1.1 million) from a little over 16.7 lakh now,” he added.

Livemint also mentioned a report by Aspiring Minds, an education assesment firm, which said that employability of engineering graduates in various states ranges between 12% and 42%. the situation is worse in core fields like  mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil engineering where a mere 7.49% are employable.

In such drastic scenarios, we should welcome the move from AICTE, though the response from aspiring students and colleges will surely be negative. Will it make engineering studies even more expensive, remains to be seen.

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Courtesy : IndiaTimes




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