Lucknow: The mushrooming of engineering institutions in Uttar Pradesh has led to a reverse trend of colleges falling short of students. Even the most acclaimed engineering colleges are leaving no stone unturned in their endeavours to attract students.

Moreover, the students who fail to clear the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) entrance exams too are being approached by the institutes. The sudden spurt in the number of engineering colleges has not only accounted for student deficiency but also lowered the quality of technical education. 

Decipher this: Barely five years back, there were 83 engineering colleges and 93 management institutes in the state. Presently the number of institutions affiliated with Mahamaya Technical University (MTU), Gautam Buddh Technical University (GBTU) and the State government has shot up to over 800. In 2011, there are 302 engineering institutions and 407 management colleges in the state. 

The much competitive engineering entrance has now lost its sheen. This year, 1.70 lakh students appeared for the entrance exam, out of which 84,000 cleared the test whereas only 30,000 students applied for admissions. However, the number of students is not sufficient to fill the 1.35 lakh seats in 800 institutions.

Initially, the MTU had considered the re-scrutiny of documents of students to adjust them on more seats. However the strict norms of AICTE foiled the efforts of MTU. According to AICTE norms, a minimum of 50 percent marks is regarded eligible for the admission of engineering students.

Following which the colleges are now trying new gimmicks to attract students by offering scholarships, fee-discounts and other facilities. Those who have not cleared the State Entrance Examination are also approached for the admissions.

Another trend has come into existence as a teacher of engineering institution in Lucknow said they are now handed over the task of bringing 12 students each for admissions in their respective colleges.

With similar trend prevailing in Madhya Pradesh, Laxmikant Sharma Minister of Technical Education and Training in the state said, “Not only in MP, but at least 30 percent seats are lying vacant in Maharashtra and Karnataka as well. As far as private colleges are concerned, their ranking will be done on the basis of their quality.”