The demand to set up engineering colleges has come down in the country, Nagaraj, head of the department of civil engineering, Shridevi College of Engineering and Technology, Tumkur, has said.

He was speaking at the The Hindu EducationPlus career counselling session on the Siddaganga Institute of Technology campus.

“The All-India Council for Technical Education received 2,176 applications to set up engineering colleges in 2011-12. However, it came down to 362 in 2012-13,” he said.

“There are 3,393 engineering colleges in India in which 15 lakh seats are available. Sixty-five per cent of them are in south India,” Prof. Nagaraj said. He said job opportunities for engineers in computer science and electronics had come down owing to the slowdown in Western economies. Inaugurating the programme, Basavarajaiah, Dean, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, said students should opt for courses of their choice rather than following popular perceptions.