Recent figures from Maharashtra’s education domain are reflecting a horrid scenario that truly represents the state’s condition in technical and management academics. Statistics prove that most such colleges in the state are operational with many vacant seats lying abundantly throughout multiple disciplines. The otherwise previously revered cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur for their education institutes are now running dry and shallow on the supply of students in technical and management courses.
What the statistics say
The statistics of entire Maharashtra threw up a head turner of sorts when it was revealed that of its 1.35 lakh engineering seats, almost 53,264 lie vacant presently. The numbers provided by the Directorate of Technical Education mean that more than 40% of engineering seats lie vacant in the otherwise academically lucrative and rewarding state of Maharashtra. In MBA too, 24,213 seats out of the total 36,447 seats lie vacant which reflects an even worse scenario as it means that more than two-thirds of the seats lie barren. Talking city-wise, the leader of the pack with the most number of vacant seats was Pune with Nagpur and Mumbai coming in close behind in numbers.
The sudden change in trend
The change in trends where students are choosing not to opt for otherwise lucrative streams of engineering and management are actually the pieces of a larger jigsaw puzzle. It reflects the actual national scenario where students are often being seen disinterested in technical and management education owing to the dearth of placements in most cases after graduation. The diminishing credibility of the streams due to a large number of institutes which generate millions of graduates each year is also a contributing factor. Many are of the opinion that the number of graduates has greatly outnumbered the available jobs hence creating a surplus number of unnecessary graduates thus rendering them jobless. Pursuance of such costly courses without fruitful results is a sure turnoff among students.
Where the authorities stand
The state education department feels that the growth in number of colleges is hard to restrain as the government norms oblige them to give affiliation to any institute that satisfies all the necessary requirements and criterion. This has landed the government in a fix as they have no other option left but to give affiliation to such institutes. The surging number of institutes is outpacing the rise in number of students which is compromising with the quality of education as well as the passed out graduates.
Reality behind the picture
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) authorities say that the numbers reflect the scenario in select streams and disciplines. The market of IT, civil and electrical engineering is not booming presently and hence the students are in no way attracted by the courses. These are the primary disciplines that lie vacant in engineering course across the state. Booming industrial prospects for electronics, computer science and mechanical engineering graduates are making students still throng to them just as before. But whatever the reality may be, one can never neglect the negative impact that the astronomical rise in institutes is having on the entire system. The phenomenon needs to be checked to save the future of the aforesaid courses.