Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, October 4
Sandeep Kaur, a 2nd year undergraduate student at Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, did not opt for an engineering course at a private college last year. She said, “There is no point in going to a college that cannot provide you with a decent job.”
It’s time to change the education system
The emphasis in our colleges is on traditional courses. We have to adapt to changing times. Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary
Likewise, Saksham Gehnoria of BSc (1st year) at the same college, says private colleges have a poor placement record. “I prefer to take the CDS exam and join the defense forces,” he says.
In private colleges in Haryana, thousands of BTech places are becoming vacant every year, indicating that engineering courses are losing their luster among young people.
As a result, the number of colleges offering BTech courses increased from 114 in 2017-18 to 77 in 2020-21. At least 37 private institutes have closed.
According to the Department of Technical Education, in 2017-2018, there were 127 engineering schools (114 private and 13 public) offering a total of 43,771 places (39,940 private and 3,831 public). At least 28,443 and 1,490 seats remained vacant in private and public colleges, respectively.
The same scenario repeated itself in 2018-19 and 2019-2020. In 2020-2021, the number of private institutes fell to 77, where at least 14,675 seats remained vacant. In public colleges, there were no takers for 1,268 places. For 2021-2022, the admission process is not yet complete. “Engineering courses are losing their luster with the advent of new age technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain. The emphasis in our colleges is on traditional courses. We have to adapt to changing times, ”said Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education. He said the department has started the process of filling vacant government college professorships.
On the contrary, degree courses at public polytechnics are doing well with an admission percentage of 72-80. “Polytechnic masterpieces are more employable than engineering graduates because the former focus more on practical assignments. In addition, polytechnics have signed pacts with many large companies for specialized training, ”said Dr Rajesh Goyal, secretary for technical education.