Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Poor response to engg courses worries state

BHOPAL: Directorate of technical education and Madhya Pradesh Universities Private Regulatory Commission will organize a "brainstorming" session at MP Council of Science and Technology ( MPCOST) on September 29 to discuss the reasons behind the sorry state of engineering institutes in the state.

Eleven engineering colleges in state failed to admit even a single student this session while 70 others witnessed less than 20% admission this year.

A report will be prepared after the exercise which would suggest modes and means to face this crisis.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, director of technical education, Ashish Dongre said, "Condition of all 219 colleges is not bad. Around 11 colleges have failed to attract any student while in 70 other engineering colleges less than 20% took admission."

He said, "It is high time to think seriously about the issue. We need to sit and identify cause of the problem. Brainstorming session is an exercise in this direction."

He said colleges who are not able to run after "zero admission" can apply for shut down. "It is better to use the infrastructure for some other purpose as they know it won't be possible to run the show with this strength."

After private engineering colleges, technical colleges run by private universities in the state have been also cold shouldered by the students. As many as 4,000 seats remained vacant in engineering colleges run by 11 private varsities of the state. There are around 14,000 engineering seats in these colleges.

Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Private Universities Regulatory Commission, AK Pandey said, "Most of the states in the country are facing poor admission in engineering courses. The need is to motivate students."

In engineering, only 47,925 seats were filled against available 1 lakh seats while only 495 students took admissions against 6,000 MCA seats. Meanwhile, only 6,447 students took admission against available 10,500 seats in M Tech courses.

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