54% Seats in Private Engineering Colleges Goes Vacant

While Skill India focuses to develop skills, the recent figures of 8.67 lacs seats in private engineering colleges went vacant. This shows some fundamental flaws in India’s education system. The Policy Times finds out some reasons!

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54% Seats in Private Engineering Colleges Goes Vacant
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A recent findings drew our attention to one of the illusions of the novice rich community. According to data put out in Lok Sabha, round 54% of undergraduate and postgraduate seats in private engineering  went vacant in 2016-17.  The most prestigious engineering colleges of our country which are popularly known as IITs got its 32 seats vacant in 2015 and this tradition continued to 92 in 2016 which is expectedly grow in number in 2017. The NITs which are the second most premium engineering college of our country found its’ 195 seats vacant in 2015 and more than 1500 seats remained vacant in 2016 in the NITs all over the country. It seems very nice to advocate about Skill India which will empower the young India but how when more than 1100 seats remained empty in 2016 in the Government Funded Technical Institute. The state of the private engineering colleges which claim of giving the art of state facility are not worth applauding. The then honourable HRD minister; Smriti Irani revealed the number of engineering seats vacant in India in 2014-2015 session to touch a whooping figure of 8,44,328. This figure without causing a downfall like the stock market touched 8.67 lacs in 2015-2016 as a data put by Lok Sabha.

Reasons Need to Rewinded

What is the reason of such empty chairs? The Policy Times finds the following possible reasons:

  • Colleges being located in areas not connected with industry which effect placement and in turn the admissions
  • Lack of financial aid to pursue higher technical education
  • Lack of facilities in most of the colleges especially in rural areas
  • Lack of industry exposure
  • Lack of job opportunities for passed out students
  • Lack of well-qualified faculties
  • Colleges growing like mushroom
  • Interest of students to particular stream
  • Unavailability of research facilities in the so-called premium colleges  

The Policy Times would like to not only emphasize upon the need of changing our obsession towards engineering courses but also suggest the government to take revolutionary reformative steps to improve the education system of India. Then only the engineering colleges of India will be an asset to us which will be a boon for the future-makers of our nation.