90% Seats Left Empty in Engineering | AKTU Admission 2016-17

Dr. APJ AKTU Lucknow or Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University counselling process for admission in 2016-17 session is completed but as many as 90% seats in the 214 engineering colleges remain vacant. University was trying alot to increase the number of admission but situation is same as previous years.

While 89% seats are vacant in mechanical and civil engineering streams, only 23% candidates have confirmed their admission to computer science engineering.

Figures indicate that at the end of the fourth round of state entrance exam (UPSEE) counselling, only 11,673 candidates confirmed their admission to engineering. AKTU has a total of 1.07 lakh engineering seats.

Previously in AKTU 2014-15, there were 1.5 lakh seats but only 48,365 students were awarded BTech degree. In 2015-16, there were 1.44 lakh seats. Of this, 1.08 lakh remained vacant.

Experts believe that the foremost reason behind the tremendous drop-out of students is the bifurcation and renaming of Uttar Pradesh Technical University into Gautam Buddh Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University during the Mayawati-led government in 2010. This was restored to its original name in 2013 by Akhilesh Yadav-led government. Last year, the university was renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University.

"The brand value is missing. A few years ago, a candidate craved to get a seat in colleges affiliated to UPTU. Now, it will take some years to get establish itself all over again," said Prof VK Singh, the pro vice-chancellor.

Senior officials at the university blame vacant faculty posts and lack of infrastructure, both in government and private colleges, for poor turnout of students.

"Lack of employment after graduating is a major factor. This creates hurdles in admissions to colleges in UP," said an official. The mushrooming of technical institutions imparting sub-standard education across the country has led to a situation where supply is outstripping demand. The state also lacks industries which can absorb students once they are out of college.

Another reason pointed out by senior professors is the high cost of education in UP.

"The scenario of poor admissions in engineering is a national phenomenon. We need better placements and accreditation to attract students to our colleges. Efforts are on to improve the quality of education. To begin with, we have gone digital in terms of evaluation and encouraging students for start-ups," said AKTU VC Vinay Pathak.

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