The Government’s advance announcement of the admission schedule for engineering colleges has brought smiles to college managements as they feel that it will put an end to migration of engineering aspirants to other states.

With over a lakh seats falling vacant last year, managements had expected tough times ahead. While the vacancies were attributed to the falling standards in colleges, managements believed that the delay in admissions had forced nearly 60,000 students from the State to move to neighbouring states, particularly deemed universities.

“If the Government sticks to its schedule and start classes from August 1 as announced, the migration of students can be curbed to a large extent,” says N. Ramesh, Chairman of the Consortium of Engineering and Professional Colleges Managements Association (CEPCMA). The Association also feels that the fee issue has to be settled at the earliest if the Government really wants to complete the process according to schedule.

At the same time, the Government is confident of sticking to the schedule. APSCHE Chairman P. Jayaprakash Rao said that the AICTE had also given schedules for announcement of entrance examination results and admissions, and that there was a Supreme Court directive regarding the matter. “We cannot violate those norms,” he said.

Technical Education Commissioner Ajay Jain agreed that the Government would now be under pressure to follow the schedule strictly and hoped that it would streamline engineering education. “Till now polytechnic students joining the second year of engineering course were losing two to three months of classes, thanks to delay in admissions. Now, they can attend classes from day one,” he said.