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  • Well over 1 lakh engineering seats to remain vacant again this year

    Polytechnic teachers urge government to have clear policy and incentivize polytechnic education to change the situation

    Here is a piece of news for people interested in engineering education in India. This is for the first time in last 11 years that more than 50% seats in colleges affiliated to Anna University will go vacant. This is almost like last year when more than one lakh seats will remain vacant after the counseling ends.

    This academic year, as many as 1,01,121 seats in polytechnic colleges and 1,18,887 seats in engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu had no takers and the seats will go vacant.
    For this situation engineering college teachers are blaming the All India Council for Technical Education’s policies. On the other hand, polytechnic teachers are of the opinion that the government’s skewed policy has adversely affected the students. C. Sivakumar, principal of Excel Polytechnic College, alleges that, “The policy of giving free uniforms and laptops has resulted in students continuing their education up to class XII. When I canvas for polytechnic education in government schools, the authorities there refuse to provide transfer certificates to willing students citing pressure from the school education department to strengthen their schools,”.

    E. Balagurusamy, former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, suggested that the government should have a clear policy and an incentive system for polytechnic education to change the situation. Talking about the situation he said, “There is no point in giving laptops to school students as it serves only as a diversion. Students only need good teachers. While it is good that students are finishing school, the government should incentivize polytechnic education also”.

    He further adds, “The government should focus on improving the quality of faculty as good teachers can ensure quality technical education”.