Kerala engg colleges in dire straits; 76 pc seats lie vacant

Thiruvananthapuram : Over 76 percent seats in self-financing colleges lie vacant with authorities taking in even those who fail the entrance exam.

A loop-hole that allows authorities to convert vacant seats to NRI quota is used to enroll those don’t qualify at the admission test. Thus who who fail to score minimum are given spot admission via NRI quota.

The self-financing colleges have begun to advertise that admissions open though one does not pass the entrance test.

The number of government merit seats in self-financing colleges  that lay vacant last yer was 67 percent. That figure has risen to 76 now.

There are five colleges where no single student has turned up for admission.

Only 11 colleges have managed to fill half of govt merit seats.

Given the disillusionment with BTech degrees, many colleges are now on the verge of shut down.

Las year several managements had sought permission to close down the colleges or convert them to polytechnic and arts and science colleges.

Even where students fill seats to survival requirements, the pass percentage is less than 30.

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