17 June, 2021

Science Of The Times

IITs continue to rule. In medicine too, the top ranks are not new. The growing number of private institutes in the list is the surprise.

Science Of The Times
New career options may have sprung up in the past few years, but getting a seat in an engineering or medical college is still a coveted dream for students and parents. Each year, lakhs of students passing out of school queue up to sit for entrance examinations, scramble to find out where they can get in on the basis of merit or quota, and pressure their parents to cough up the huge fees.

But selecting the best college is not easy. At present, there are 1,346 engineering colleges approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), with a seat capacity of 4,40,000. Then there are 242 medical colleges approved by Medical Council of India (MCI) with an annual intake of 25,000 students. Moreover, not much information is available about most of them, except for the known institutes like the IITs, AIIMSs, MAMC and BITS. Most students have little idea about the quality of the plethora of private colleges that have mushroomed over the past decade or so in the southern and western states. Students and parents go by word of mouth to...

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