News : Around 54% of undergraduate and postgraduate seats in private engineering colleges across the country, or 8.67 lakh seats of 16.07 lakh seats, went vacant in 2016-17. In comparison, only 28% of seats (41,551) in government engineering colleges went vacant in 2016-17.
In the 2017-18 academic year private institutions closed down around 96,000 seats and there are now 83 private colleges fewer. In the current year, 6,151 seats were added in government colleges whose total went up from 411 to 429.
Tamil Nadu topped the list with 1.55 lakh seats going empty followed by Andhra Pradesh (99,286), Telangana (87,454) and Maharashtra (78,468). Tamil Nadu has 526 engineering colleges, most in the country, followed by Maharashtra with 380 and Andhra Pradesh with 325.
Former Anna University vice-chancellor M Anandakrishnan, a former chairman of IIT-Kanpur, said many students appeared to have realised that education provided by most private engineering colleges was worthless. And, the number of jobs in the market was far less than the huge number of engineers being churned out every year.
A senior TN IAS officer said “Very few private colleges can match or better the standard of government colleges. Most don’t have proper teaching staff and are unable to attract placement or research funding,” he said.
1. “Very few private colleges can match or better the standard of government colleges.” – This shows the reality of vaunted claim that privately run institutions being better than publicly managed institutions.
2. The government officials and vice-chancellors quoted in the article should explain to the students and parents how such “worthless” education providers, who “don’t have proper teaching staff” were allowed to start and operate colleges.
3. “the number of jobs in the market was far less than the huge number of engineers being churned out every year” – the unplanned, anarchist model of liberalised education results in supply shooting far ahead of demand. Lakhs students and parents suffer for no fault of theirs.