Vani Doraisamy

ECE, Computer Science and IT most sought after branches

Chennai: More students may have joined engineering colleges this year, but the abolition of the common entrance test for professional admissions has not necessarily meant more patronage for rural institutions, as the final picture emerging out of the single window counselling shows.

The percentage of vacant seats is 16.18 this year. Lats year it was 28.38 per cent and 25.3 in 2005.

Out of the 53,437 seats allotted so far, Chennai and Coimbatore colleges have done far better than most other centres. Out of the 26 colleges that have filled all seats, a majority belong to these cities. A total of 63,751 seats were available under the single window counselling. While all the 1,531 seats in Anna University constituent colleges and most of the seats in government and government-aided colleges were filled, self-financing colleges filled 47,923 seats.

A total of 31,444 students had opted out of the counselling process — 37 per cent as compared with 36.3 per cent last year, according to an analysis done by educational consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi.

Fewer takers

While core branches such as chemical, textile, aeronautical engineering and biotechnology attracted fewer students compared with last year, electrical and electronics engineering and instrumentation and control engineering branches fared poorly among the circuit branches. In the former, only 71 per cent of seats were filled, a slight improvement over last year’s figures. Among the top draws were ECE (90.4 per cent seats), Computer Science (93.8 per cent) and IT (91.8 per cent).

“Around 80 per cent of seats have been taken up by circuit branches, as compared Z over 90 per cent by computer-based programmes. Preference for civil engineering courses has also improved by almost 20 per cent, especially as more girl students have joined this year,” says Mr. Gandhi.

Of the 26 colleges where all seats were filled, 14 were self-financing institutions. Fourteen were from the Chennai region: College of Engineering (Guindy), A.C. College of Technology, Madras Institute of Technology, SSN College of Engineering, RMK Engineering College, Jeppiar Engineering College, RMD Engineering College, Velammal Engineering College, Eswari Engineering College, Valliammai Engineering College, MNM Jain Engineering College, Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, St.Joseph ’s College of Engineering and Sri Sai Ram Engineering College.

Four were from Coimbatore — Government College of Technology, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, PSG college of Technology, and Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology. In 57 other colleges, only ten seats remained in each to be filled. A total of 131 colleges filled 90 per cent of their seats. In 30 institutions, 50 per cent of seats remained vacant. Five colleges filled less than 10 per cent of the allotted intake.