Will the story be repeated this year?’ It is a question doing the rounds in academic circles as registration for counselling is on for admission to private engineering colleges.
More than 48% seats had remained vacant in engineering colleges in the 2015-16 academic session in Madhya Pradesh. According to the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) data, 10 to 50% of seats remained vacant in 124 of 203 colleges in the previous academic season.
The highest number of seats - more than 90% - were filled in 30 colleges including nine government colleges. Thirty colleges reported less than 10% admissions, while 26 colleges could fill up seats up to 20%.
Only 15% of engineering students in MP got jobs in 2015-16
In 2015-16, only 15% of engineering students in Madhya Pradesh got jobs. Out of about 71,000 enrolled students in the fourth year, only 10, 700 got placements.
Owners of private engineering colleges said the technical education department is more busy with red tape.
“Instead of helping engineering colleges, the government treats us as competitors. They never tried to hear our problems or to know the problems of students,” a college owner said. “Our government is silent in the admission season when governments in other states take a proactive role.”
Another owner of an engineering institute complained that the technical education department never allowed directors of private engineering colleges to participate in policy making.
New rules increasing difficulty for college: ATPI
Association of Technical and Professional Institutes (ATPI) president JN Chouksey said the technical education department instead of helping colleges like in the southern states, is introducing new rules which is increasing difficulty for colleges.
But there is a section which believes private colleges are themselves to be blamed for poor admissions. “Students need good facilities and quality education to study in an institute…There is a scope for improvement for private institutes,” Centre for Research and Industrial Staff Performance (CRISP) chief executive officer Mukesh Sharma said. “But universities and government should form rules which are viable, as I don’t find the decision of online practical exam viable. Theoretical online exam we can understand but online practical exam is something which is totally out of box.”
Chauksey said private engineering colleges go all out to invite good companies for job placements.
“But instead of helping us, the administration of Rajeev Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidhyala convinces the companies to visit government colleges only.”
Private engineering colleges are demanding open campus placements so that greater number of students can participate. “Engineering students have higher employability than their other counterparts. Good students always get better placements,” CRISP CEO Mukesh Sharma said.