Again, the issue of vacant seats in engineering colleges came to highlight in new newly named APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU). According to a report, around 90% of the seats are still vacant in the university. It seems to be a sad situation for engineering education when this volume of seats go unregistered.
All the four rounds of counselling have been completed for the admission in 214 engineering colleges of AKTU. After the completion of counselling, it has been found that only 11,673 candidates confirmed their admission against the total seats of 1.07 lakhs. This is the lowest figure of last three years in the university.
Core branches seats like mechanical and civil engineering have also remained vacant. Albeit the most job producing branch in current scenario i.e. Computer Science Engineering (CSE) has also faced the heat of vacant seats. Only 23% of seats in CSE branch has been registered.
Some officials cited the poor infrastructure and lack of faculty as the reason behind this scenario while some blamed the unavailability of jobs in the field. The reason may be both but the unemployment issue gains the extra weightage here.
It is the hard truth that engineering used to be the most lucrative course. But as the time passing, it is losing its exuberance. Here, the simple theory of law and demand works. The number of engineers passed out in recent years has outnumbered the available jobs in the market.
AKTU Vice chancellor Mr. Vinay cited the same issue and said, “The issue of poor admission in engineering colleges has become trivial. We need better placements and accreditation to attract students to our colleges. We have taken the step by going digital in terms of evaluation and encouraging students for start-ups.”
According to experts, the number of vacant seats is due to renaming and division of the existing Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) into Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University in 2010 by Mayawati government. However, this was renamed to its original name in 2013. Again after the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, it was renamed to APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University.
Professor VK Singh, pro-vice chancellor of the university, recited the brand value of the university and said, “The brand value of the UPTU is missing. A few years back, students were eager to take admission in the college affiliated to UPTU. It will take some time to get itself establish all over again.”
Whatever the reason lies behind the vacant seats, it must be rectified soon. Government and the university authorities should take a serious note out of this and a proper step should be taken otherwise time will come students would reluctant to opt to become an engineer.