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Engineering colleges lose lustre

At last, there seems to be an end to the mad race to become an engineer. With the number of engineering seats more than the applicants, several colleges in the past couple of years have had less than half the total seats filled. The poor quality of graduates and the difficulty to get them placed in  jobs, has diminished the charm of  engineering. 

Though the state produces the largest number of engineering graduates, the quality is pathetic. The state ranked at the bottom in employability criteria in the National Employability Report, 2015-16. 

Of the 550 plus engineering colleges in the state, last year, only 52 per cent of B.E./B. Tech seats were filled in self-financing engineering colleges. Even government- aided and Anna University’s constituent colleges managed to fill only around 82 per cent seats. For the 277,061 seats, only 134,994 candidates applied through the single window system. 

With the decline in demand, close to twenty colleges in the state have already applied for closure. Some colleges have put up ‘For Sale’ advertisements online, and some have converted the campus into international residential schools, a more lucrative business. 

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