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Degree for sale!

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Engineering: Worth the hype? Photo: K. Murali Kumar
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Engineering: Worth the hype? Photo: K. Murali Kumar

The bane of the business of engineering colleges…

A new business that promises prosperity right now is running an engineering college. The reason: BE/B.Tech degrees are literally sold for money; tuition fee obtained for no apparent tuition. In case you get an arrear, pay revaluation fees to clear it no matter how you write the paper. Results depend more on the evaluator’s mood than on how you’ve written.

And in the unfortunate circumstance that you still get an arrear (evaluator must have been very angry!), you pay a huge sum that allows you to challenge the result. This clearly shows that there are chances of flaws in correction. You get the amount reimbursed if the fault is on their side (like they’re going to agree). If you still can’t clear the exam, pay the exam fees again; wait for the next semester and hope for a better evaluator.

I had high hopes when I joined my college but all I’ve seen is a competition between lecturers and students. The topic: Who will bunk more classes? I guess I’m one among the sorry bunch of students who didn’t know anything about engineering when they joined college and are still trying to figure it out in their final year.

Most students I know are victims of their parents’ dream of seeing their sons/daughters in reputed engineering institutes. For all the moms and dads reading this, before dumping your children into engineering colleges, try to find out what their real passion or interests are.

V. KOUSHIK BALAJI, Final year engineering student

I totally agree with koushik,Parents nowadayas do not allow the passion of their children rather they want them to do a professional course this article should atleast be an eye-opener to todays parents

from:  Rubeshraj
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 02:41 IST

Nice..And the way staffs are handling subjects is really disgusting.
It cant help any engineering graduate to File a Patent in his life time or atleast a Research oriented work competing IRAQ scholars.
Let the AICTE governing persons be given a blow.

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Oct 19, 2012 at 19:59 IST

this is just rubbish allegations any one can make and nothing else .if
you are talking about engineering i would say up's and down's are there
in any course you persue. results depend not only about what you write
but also depend on how you write. i am persuing engineering from a well
reputated college but here i learn one thing if you critisize your
teacher,your branch,your college at the end you'll finish as a loser.

from:  ajeet singh
Posted on: Oct 19, 2012 at 14:05 IST

Excellent article. The situation in Kerala is even worse. In my whole
college there is not even a teacher with masters degree. There is no
research , no teaching and eventually no studying. Universities like
Calicut university are the worst in the country, and still
institutions like AICTE is not taking any actions. Its high time for
our policy makers to take necessary steps to ensure that only those
engineering colleges with efficient research , and teaching
capabilities get the permission to function. 97% of Btech projects are
bought with money power, and the students who do some work on their
own did not get any help from the teachers. It is a horrible situation
out there.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2012 at 09:00 IST

Mr. Kaushik has very well vented his agony of witnessing the hollowness of engineering education that has turned into a business. It's precisely because engineering degrees are bought like this at all costs that most of the so-called successful graduates don't sell in the job market.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 22:36 IST

Mr.Koushik Balaji I understand your feeling. All the best for your future.

from:  Vinoth
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 18:22 IST

Well written article on "business engineering". This is an eye opener, more particularly to
Parents who couldn't study Enineering forcing their kids to become an Engineer, at any
"COST". Please do not force your dream on your kids.

Let them live on their own dreams and make it better their & your life.
Please do facilitate & Be Happy.

from:  Gopalan Varadharajan
Posted on: Oct 18, 2012 at 15:42 IST
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