Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 6
Engineering colleges in Haryana are not only closing down, but witnessing lesser enrolment year after year as well. For 2019-20, as many as 36,065 seats are still vacant in 303 institutions, which is over 52 per cent of the total seats.
This year, 17,685 seats are vacant in BE/BTech, 18,321 in diploma (engineering and pharmacy) and 59 in BArch.
For BE/BTech, there used to be 127 colleges in 2017-18 and sanctioned intake was 43,771. But the number of colleges reduced to 113 in 2018-19 with a total intake of 33,628.
In 2019-20, the number of colleges further reduced to 101 with sanctioned intake of 27,990. In three years, there was reduction of 26 colleges and seats fell by 36 per cent.
The enrolment of students had been on the lower side. In 2017-18, admission was just 31.56 per cent as 13,814 were admitted. In 2018-19, the figure was 32.79 per cent as 11,025 took admission.
In 2019-20, against an intake of 27,990 seats, the admission was 36.82 per cent as just 10,305 took admission with 17,685 seats vacant.
The situation in diploma courses of engineering and pharmacy is equally pathetic. There used to be 181 colleges in 2017-18, which rose to 185 the next year. There are 195 colleges for 2019-20.
However, against the sanctioned intake of 51,870 students, only 24,280 took admission in 2017-18, which was just 46.81 per cent. In 2018-19, against 45,546 seats, only 23,852 took admission, which was 52.37 per cent.
This year, against 40,570 seats, only 22,249 took admission, which was 54.84 per cent of the total intake. In three years, the number of institutions increased, but not enrolment.
In BArch, the number of colleges used to be 12 in 2017-18, which reduced to 11 in 2018-19 and to seven in 2019-20. The intake was 610 in 2017-18, but only 343 students took admission.
The next year, the seats reduced to 520 and 389 students took admission. In 2019-20, the intake was reduced to 400 and 341 students took admission. The number of seats kept on decreasing in the last three years, but the number of students remained approximately the same.
At a Sirsa-based government engineering college, placement was 60 per cent in 2018. It was just 42 per cent in 2017. In 2016, the placement was 70 per cent.
For diploma courses, placement in government institutions was 94 per cent in 2018, 69 per cent in 2017 and 60 per cent in 2016. Officials said placements in private colleges were much lower.
“At one point of time, there was a boom in engineering and a number of private colleges got opened. With time, the craze dipped. Poor placement at private colleges are one of the factors behind students not opting for these. As a result, enrolment is going down and colleges are closing,” said a senior official.
On the wane
- This year, 17,685 seats are vacant in BE/BTech, 18,321 in diploma (engineering and pharmacy) and 59 in BArch
- Poor placement at private colleges cited as one of the factors behind students not opting for these institutions
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