Over 60,000 of 1.5 lakh engineer seats remain vacant in Tamil Nadu – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: More than 60,000 engineering seats out of a total of 1.5 lakh remained vacant in the state even after four rounds of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) councils, which ended on Sunday. Last year, after four rounds, 89,187 (59%) seats were filled.

According to official data, of the 1.5 lakh seats available for the one-stop board at 446 colleges across the state, 93,571 seats (or 60.65%) were allocated to students this year. Of this total, 84,812 seats were allocated to students in the general category while 8,759 were allocated to 7.5% of the public school student quota. Of this number, 60,707 seats remained vacant.

This marginal increase in enrollment is nothing to celebrate for engineering schools. Despite adding more courses in computer science and IT departments and better placement seasons, colleges have not been able to increase their admission rates.

However, TNEA officials are hopeful that admission numbers will increase further. They expect 6,000 to 7,000 students to take the complementary orientation, the registration of which closed on Sunday. “The last date for registering for additional counseling was November 13th. Over 10,000 students have signed up to participate in counselling. Enrollment numbers will increase,” TNEA Secretary T Purushothaman said.

Experts say there is a decline in quality as the number of colleges with 100% admissions has decreased. There is an increase in the number of colleges with zero admissions from seven colleges last year to 14 colleges this time.

This year, only 12 colleges managed to fill all their seats, three of which are private institutes. Last year, 16 colleges managed to get one hundred percent admissions. This time, only 66 colleges took 90% of their seats while last year, 85 colleges took 90%. This year, 36 colleges filled less than 10 places (single-digit admission).

Meanwhile, as admissions numbers decline each year, experts said the state should look into the affairs of government engineering colleges, especially Anna University’s constituent colleges.
“Out of a total of 13 constituent colleges of Anna University, seven failed to fill even 50% of their seats this year. It’s shocking,” said career consultant Jayprakash Gandhi. TN needs to improve the quality of these colleges, he added.

CHENNAI: More than 60,000 engineering seats out of a total of 1.5 lakh remained vacant in the state even after four rounds of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) councils, which ended on Sunday. Last year, after four rounds, 89,187 (59%) seats were filled. According to official data, of the 1.5 lakh seats available for the one-stop board at 446 colleges across the state, 93,571 seats (or 60.65%) were allocated to students this year. Of this total, 84,812 seats were allocated to students in the general category while 8,759 were allocated to 7.5% of the public school student quota. Of this number, 60,707 seats remained vacant. This marginal increase in enrollment is nothing to celebrate for engineering schools. Despite adding more courses in computer science and IT departments and better placement seasons, colleges have not been able to increase their admission rates. However, TNEA officials are hopeful that admission numbers will increase further. They expect 6,000 to 7,000 students to take the complementary orientation, the registration of which closed on Sunday. “The last date for registering for additional counseling was November 13th. Over 10,000 students have signed up to participate in counselling. Enrollment numbers will increase,” TNEA Secretary T Purushothaman said. Experts say there is a decline in quality as the number of colleges with 100% admissions has decreased. There is an increase in the number of colleges with zero admissions from seven colleges last year to 14 colleges this time. This year, only 12 colleges managed to fill all their seats, three of which are private institutes. Last year, 16 colleges managed to get one hundred percent admissions. This time, only 66 colleges took 90% of their seats while last year, 85 colleges took 90%. This year, 36 colleges filled less than 10 places (single-digit admission). Meanwhile, as admissions numbers decline each year, experts said the state should look into the affairs of government engineering colleges, especially Anna University’s constituent colleges. “Out of a total of 13 constituent colleges of Anna University, seven failed to fill even 50% of their seats this year. It’s shocking,” said career consultant Jayprakash Gandhi. TN needs to improve the quality of these colleges, he added.

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