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  • Most rural engineering colleges in Andhra-Pradesh on the verge of closure

    It's not a good time to be running an engineering college in rural AP. The sanction of additional intake of about 40,000 engineering and pharmacy (MPC stream) seats in well-established colleges is sounding the death-knell for colleges situated in the less urban areas.

    Even though, almost a lakh seats had remained unfilled last year, yet some reputed colleges applied for additional strength as students prefer to seek admission to urban and established colleges with good infrastructure and faculty. This has put rural engineering colleges at a disadvantage and even at the risk of going bankrupt and facing closure.

    Chairman of an engineering college situated in a rural part of Warangal district, said his college had received just 18 admissions for the 420 seats available last year, Now, with the approval for additional intake in reputed colleges, he has lost all hopes of getting a single admission for the coming academic year of 2012-13.

    As the last date for applying for closure of a college for the next academic year has already ended, he said, he is thinking of filing the closure for the 2013-14 academic year.

    Though a huge number of seats have remained unfilled in the last few years in the state, the AICTE has been liberally sanctioning additional seats to colleges which apply for the same.

    Rural engineering college managements allege that well-established and urban colleges, which have a good image among students, are filling up all additional seats but are not maintaining the same standards or providing the same facilities to the newly-admitted candidates.

    With the sanction of addition strength, the total number of engineering and pharmacy seats in the MPC stream goes up to more than 3.5 lakh this year but as on date only 2.87 lakh students have applied for Eamcet- 2012. Last year about 3.21 lakh seats were available and more than one lakh seats remained vacant.

    Source: IBN Live