Reportedly 29,000 engineering seats remained vacant this year, 2017 in Karnataka. Looking at the count, we can estimate that engineering field is losing its charm and respect in the society. The number doesn’t include the management seats.
Students who were unable to pass the common entrance test showed disinterest in joining the courses. 37% of the students failed to clear the CET test for both engineering and Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK).
Engineering seats in Karnataka:
The count of seats vacant in Karnataka engineering colleges reached 29,000 out of 77,500. While talking about the seats that remained vacant in government colleges and government quota that allocated through CET, the number resulted in 19,000 out of 62,000 and 10,000 COMEDK seats out of 15,500.
Students always tend to grab the government allocated seats which provide scholarship and free education. But the failure faced in the CET resulted in the disinterest of students in joining the engineering courses anymore. Already Karnataka has already faced such situation last increase and the growth in number resulted in this year.
Colleges which provide good placements also couldn’t the target. The principle of one of the prestigious universities expressed his view that National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) created detachment in the students to join in engineering colleges and prefer medical and dental admissions.
Every year 1.5 million students graduate from engineering in India. The employment rate is low, and students that need to employed are more. Recently we heard the news that Trump presidency led to the downfall of IT industries which can also be one of the reasons that students are selecting other courses rather than engineering. They are finding more scope in other fields concerning jobs.
The government has to take a step regarding the issue as it the ultimate seat allocator and investor of money to private and public sectors. All the seats that are allocated in government quota are paid by the government to educate the students to increase the literacy rate and economy of the nation. They also need to protect the interest of college management to remain the schemes as such.