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Convert some Engg. colleges to arts&science colleges to improve intake for arts & science

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It causes concern to see young plus two passed students , even with more than 85% aggregate marks ,  running from pillar to post  to get admission in the subject of their choice in arts and science colleges  in most of the  states.  Students from middle and upper income group unquestioningly  and helplessly pay the exhorbitant fees demanded by  self financing  arts and science colleges  to get admission.  However, students from poor families are left high and dry leading to high level of  frustration and even anger.

At the same time, there are  numerous engineering colleges and polytechnics all over India ,where  adequate number of students do not  join to the level of  intake capacity, as their job prospects have become bleak, in view of  so many colleges  with number of engineers passing out of colleges every year being  more than country’s need.

For example, there are more than 530 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu alone and there are polytechnics which are much more in number. In the engineering colleges, every year more than one lakh seats remain unfilled  in Tamil Nadu and amongst the passed out students , hardly 40% get  appropriate jobs. The other students  remain under employed or unemployed for considerable period. 

In recent times, students look forward to study arts and science subjects as job prospects for such students are diversified in variety of fields unlike engineering students.

Why not   atleast 20% of  engineering colleges and polytechnics all over India be converted  to arts and science colleges this academic year itself?

This would make seats available for aspiring plus two students in arts and science subjects, bring down the high fees demanded by the self financing colleges and also several engineering colleges which  have very low level of students joining and are on the verge of closure  will become more productive.

It is unfortunate that All India council For Technical Education  do not care to evaluate the need for the number of engineers while according permission for engineering colleges. It appears that AICTE take decision to accord permission to new engineering colleges and enhancement of seats in engineering colleges based on the infra structure and faculty members available.

I appeal to government of India to look into the matter with great sense of urgency and accept  the above suggestion that will considerably help in rationalizing the  seats available in various branches  of study at the degree level courses in India.

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