Hyderabad

Engg. seats may be slashed by 10,000

Colleges leave out branches that students opt for less

Th engineering admission schedule for Telangana is out and perhaps, students will have the lowest number of seats available compared to previous years with several colleges opting out while some others are denied permission for want of facilities.

Last year, 71,066 seats were available under the Convenor quota of which 54,064 seats were filled in 29 streams of engineering. This year about 10,000 seats are likely to be slashed in all courses.

JNTUH officials said so far clearance had been given for just above 50,000 seats.

The Telangana Government has been quite harsh on the colleges over the last three years with repeated inspection literally snuffing out the non-serious colleges that were depending more on fee reimbursement scheme for their survival.

In the process, however, some colleges established with genuine intent but located far off from the city also lost out.

In the last three years, the number of colleges has come down drastically from 311 private engineering colleges in 2015-16 to 277 colleges in 2016-17. This has also affected the engineering seats with around 50,000 seats being slashed since the formation of Telangana.

However, seats actually may not decrease much in the sought-after branches with the colleges preferring to leave out branches that students opt for less and focus on more on popular branches.

Popular courses

College managements are now depending on three popular courses - Computer Science Engineering (CSE), Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (MEC) to attract students and strengthening the labs and faculty.

Despite best of the efforts, many seats were vacant even in these streams last year.

The CSE stream had the highest number of seats (18,767) of which (16,290) were filled while the ECE stream had (18,540) seats of which (14,199) seats were filled.

The third most preferred was MEC that had 10,841 seats and only 7,093 were filled. The Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) had 9,615 seats but just 5,646 were taken by the students.

Civil Engineering stream had 8,773 seats while 6,742 seats were opted.

Students who could not get into CSE in good colleges opted for the Information Technology (IT) branch that had 2,655 seats but 2,526 seats were taken. The trend this year too would be more or less the same.

In this year’s EAMCET 98,596 students qualified in the engineering stream. However, a majority of them are also from Andhra Pradesh, who may not opt for seats here unless they get into top institutions.

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