02 August, 2021

The Compass Is Veering Off Merit

A glut of poor-quality students has dimmed the engineering scene across Tamil Nadu

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
The Compass Is Veering Off Merit

The Conundrum In Tamarind Land

  • A private engineering college surrenders 65% seats under the government quota through single-window counselling
  • In 2016-17, only 1,34,994 candidates app­lied for admission under the government quota for the 2,77,061 seats in 2016-17 in government, aided and private colleges. The remaining seats fell vacant mostly in private engineering colleges.
  • Only the top 200 colleges managed to fill all their seats in various departments. In 55 colleges, less than 100 students were admitted in the last two years against a full intake of 30,500 seats. (On an average an engineering college has 800 seats in five graduate streams).
  • Nearly 30 institutes have applied for closure this year, while another 154 have sought reduced intake. A dozen colleges are shutting down a few courses.


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