Most toppers in the Common Entrance Test usually go for Government colleges for medical studies and private colleges for engineering, revealed statistics collected over the past few years. The trend, according to experts, is strengthening with every passing year.
Toppers prefer government colleges for medical and private for engineering. The report, first published by the Indian Express, cited the example of Pawan B Joshi – a student from Belgaum who secured 26th ranking in the CET for engineering. Joshi, who was interested in pursuing a career in Electronics, decided to join the privately funded R. V. College of Engineering after he had figured out that placement in most government engineering colleges were not at all encouraging.
Meanwhile, another student Harini Seshadri, who secured the fourth rank in CET for medical studies, opted to join the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) instead of any private medical college. This, according to the report, was primarily due to the fact that government hospitals usually attract patients from a diversified social strata (thus allowing doctors to treat a much wider spectrum of diseases and health issues).
“I visited Victoria Hospital to observe the patients. I will get to learn more through interactions with them,” said Harini. Apart from that, she is also quite apprehensive about how CET seats are allotted in most private medical colleges.
The trend is pretty much self evident considering the fact that out of the top-500 CET (Engineering) rank holders, just under 210 completed the seat selection procedures and amongst them, over 50 per cent had joined the RVCE. The P E S Institute of technology which attracted 23 per cent, came second in the list.
Surprisingly, none of the top 500 rank holders opted for a government run engineering institute.
Meanwhile, out of the top 500 rank holders in CET for medical, 435 were allotted seats, of, and just 13 per cent among them opted for privately run medical colleges.
Speaking his mind on this prominent trend, Purushottam B G, head of corporate planning at leading coaching institute BASE said: “About 30 years ago, students considered UVCE (University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering) as Number One, and then there were only three others – RVCE, BMS College of Engineering and M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology. But I think it has taken a beating in terms of perception,”.
“When we have students coming in for CET coaching, they have already decided which college they want to join,” he added.
However, UVCE principal K R Venugopal still maintains that his college is a lot better than many other popular institutions such as the RVCE.
“We are distinct from all VTU-affiliated colleges, but we could be better if we were under Visvesvaraya Technological University,” Venugopal said.