State Of Engineering Colleges
The opening of the technical education sector has made for a tremendous leap in the number of students joining any one of the 142 engineering colleges currently functioning in the state | Mukesh Venu
On Jul 05, 2012


The opening up of the economy and the subsequent IT boom that resulted had opened a whole new world for aspirants dreaming of a better job and living conditions. But the number of engineering colleges in Kerala was severely restricted until the late nineties. This resulted in a huge outflow of students to neighboring states in their quest of becoming engineering graduates.

A study conducted by Sunil Mani and Arun M at the Centre of Development Studies, Trivandrum, brings into light many unsettling facts about the whole issue. The number of engineering colleges rose from just over twenty in the beginning of 2000 to 142 at present. While the IT boom is cited as the major reason for the sudden infiltration of the private management into the engineering sector, it is interesting to note that the courses that came into demand weren't limited to just Computer Science or Information Technology; in fact the demand for IT lags way behind some of the preferred streams, like Mechanical, although job preference is for IT. The need was to be an engineering graduate; the stream was of noconcern.




The number of graduates who emerge from these colleges have been on a falling trend for quite some time now. The newest ratio shows that two students fail to complete their course in the prescribed time for every one student who does. And among one-third of the graduates that emerge from the 40,000 odd seats in Kerala, the number of students who are ready to take up a professional job is even less, as the quality of these graduates stands way below the required level, due to the faulty faculty present in many of these colleges.

The dilution of the able minded students in the engineering stream has affected government colleges too, but to a lesser extent. College of Engineering, Trivandrum maintained a pass rate in the high 80s consistently till the middle of previous decade, when the rate began to fall slightly and stands in the 70s range as of now. The Government College at Barton Hill and the Kollam TKM College too have sustained a favorable pass rate of around the 60% mark, even though there had been a decrease in ten percent over the previous decade.



Among the self-financing colleges affiliated to the University of Kerala, colleges like LBS College for Women, Marian College of Engineering and Technology, Mar Basellius College of Engineering and Technology, Sree Buddha College of Engineering and Technology and Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology average around 40% with the pass rate of students. These colleges which were opened during the last decade, held a high pass rate in their initial year, which then slipped down slowly and persistently. None of these colleges show signs of an upward trend happening with their pass rates any time soon.

While the few colleges fore mentioned hold a pretty much unimpressive report, many other college present a perfect picture of inept inefficiency. Colleges like Shahul Hameed Memorial College of Engineering, Kollam, Travancore Engineering College, Oyoor, PRS College of Engineering and P A Azeez College of Engineering, all posses a pass rate of below 20%.

Four trades – Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics and Electronics and Communication constitute nearly 75% of the demand from the nineteen courses that are available. The poor quality faculty and unskilled professionals that come out every year has degraded the value of higher education in Kerala so badly that the increase in the number of graduates has only resulted in a paradox with an increased rate of unemployment, as companies have started to look beyond the degree certificate for hiring their candidates.

The state of engineering colleges and professional education in general has been on a dangerously downward trend for the last decade. The intervention of the High Court into the matter has given a ray of hope in saving the ridicule that the state's technical educational department has become. Otherwise the cent percent literate state might also bear the tag of devaluing education because of its failure to develop able and responsible citizens as required by the changing times.  


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ok , i have read your article .. i used to read thousands of article in a month .. if you are genuine please provide me a solution also for this ..
Amin Jason, on Jul 07, 2012 02:09:23 AM
Few suggestions from my side Amin: * Before joining a college, make sure that you are 'really for' this course. I mean whether you are genuinally interested in studying this course. If not, please don't waste those precious 4 years of your life! * If you've decided to go for this course, make sure that the college in which you are getting into has the basic facilities like faculties, infrstructure etc. If it is not matching with your desires, try another attempt for a better rank to get into a better college.
Karunya, on Jul 07, 2012 09:51:33 AM
CDS should examine the most recent, especially s1 s2( first year),s4( is that second year) and s6 ( third year) results published by the University of Kerala.I just looked at one branch( Civil engg ) and find that only 3 or 4 Self financed engg colleges have more than 50% result.They are Mar Baselios,Marian and PRS.It will be a good help if you look at the whole picture and pubish an article so that next year at least students can choose their college and branch depending upon performance.May be both in Malayalam and English.Advise is reqd that petty options such as glossy buildings and nearness of colleges should not be the criteria but importance is reqd for the academic ambience and intellectual wealth of the college and the branch which one wishes to select and study for the sake of their own future.
Pmnair, on Dec 28, 2012 05:01:37 PM
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