Having failed to reach a viable conclusion for filling seats for certain programs, a number of colleges in Karnataka have surrendered their vacant management seats to the government. The primary objective behind this move is to fill up the vacant seats through Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) counseling.
According to reports, as of now, 18 engineering colleges across the state have surrendered as many as 877 seats. The number is likely to increase even further by the end of the admission process.
While, it’s not new for newly established colleges to face similar problems, there are certain branches of engineering that has few takers in an overwhelming majority of the colleges. For example, Electrical Engineering. Having been one of the branches with highest demand till a few years back, Electrical Engineering has now turned out to be a headache for many colleges when it comes to filling seats. As told by various college managements, Biotech is another program that has been failing to attract enough students.
“Though in our institute all the seats have been taken, colleges are generally facing trouble when it comes to electrical engineering,” H D Maheshappa, Principal, Acharya Institute of Technology, said.
“The subject is tough in the sense that it is completely mathematics oriented. Also, when it comes to this subject, even though it is one of the core streams of engineering, people are not aware about job opportunities. This has wider diversity of employability but not many students or parents are aware of it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Basavaraj Deshmukh, secretary, Lingarajappa engineering college, Gornalli, Bidar,expressed his opinion by saying: “The admissions have been difficult for electrical engineering. Last year too, we were able to fill only 25 of the 60 sanctioned seats for this branch. This is the third year of our college and we have not had problems filling mechanical or civil engineering seats. We will get a picture of the exact number of seats remaining once the extended round is complete,”.