When Any One Can Get Into Engineering...
When I was on vacation in
Trivandrum one parent with
his son came to meet me. The boy has just completed 12th standard
and they want to talk to me about engineering admission. This was the
conversation we had.
Father: I am very happy today.Me: Why?Father: Yesterday Kerala government reduced the eligibility criteria for engineering admission. Now my son also can get a seat for engineering in Kerala.Me: Are you talking about reducing the minimum marks for Maths from 50 to 45 percentage for engineering admission?Father: Exactly. My son has only 47% in Maths but he has 64 and 62 percentage in Chemistry and Physics respectively. I was planning to send him to Tamil Nadu for his engineering where there is no minimum cut-off but now I can get him a seat in
Trivandrumitself.Me: Which branch of engineering he wants to take?Father: We are not particular about any branch but our dream for him is to get a job in companies like Infosys or TCS. We have a neighbor who did Electronics and Communication from xxx college, graduated in 2005, joined Infosys through campus placement and for the last 7 years in US. He has already built two big houses in Trivandrum.Me: Do you know that as per the present selection criteria of companies like TCS or Infosys you son may not be even eligible even to appear for campus placement?Father: What are you talking about?I switched on my laptop and showed him the minimum eligibility criteria (as per this year) to appear for written test in those companies where he wanted his son to be placed. In majority of the places the eligibility was over 60% marks in 12th standard like the one given below.
Father: This was really an eye-opener for me and son. Thanks for sharing. Why do colleges take students with low marks even when they know they cannot be given jobs? There are colleges outside Kerala that needs only 40% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Maths in 12th standard to get admission for engineering.Me: They want to fill the seats somehow and make money out of it. Who cares about students and their job?
Heard in Andra Pradesh – Around 2.1 lakh students qualified for engineering in Andra Pradesh but do you know the number of engineering seats available? 3 lakhs!
With over 2 lakh engineering seat vacant in four Southern states of
in 2012, I forsee a major evolution in engineering education happening in India in next
five years. Many engineering colleges that mushroomed in the last one decade is
going to close down. In another 5 years engineering is going to be one of the
many options available to students.