IT losing charm among engineering students

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PANAJI: The mad rush that was once witnessed for the admissions to the information technology branch of engineering is clearly over, with the students now opting for mechanical and civil branches of engineering.
At the end of all rounds of admission as conducted by the directorate of technical education for entrance to the professional courses, altogether 194 out of the total 1,230 seats available in the state engineering colleges, have no takers, which implies that nearly 15 per cent of the seats pertaining to various branches of engineering are still vacant.
As per the DoTE sources, out of these 194 vacant seats, the 114 seats are at the Shiroda-based Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology. The 114 seats includes 49 in IT engineering, 42 in computer engineering and 23 in electronics and telecommunications engineering.
The state presently has five engineering colleges in Goa namely Goa Engineering College, at Farmagudi; Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, at Verna; Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology at Shiroda; Don Bosco College of Engineering at Fatorda; and Fr Agnel College at Assagao, besides the National Institute of Technology.
It was further informed that this year, 14 seats pertaining to the mining engineering branch at the Goa Engineering College are still available for admission, while at the Padre Conceicao College of Engineering 28 seats of IT engineering and one of computer engineering have remained unfilled.
Furthermore, even after the government notified 27 per cent reservations for other backward students in the professional courses, the related 180 seats are yet to be claimed by the OBC students.
Interestingly, all the seats in the mechanical and civil branches of engineering are filled at the end of round one of admissions itself.
A senior faculty at the Goa Engineering College told this daily that after the financial crisis, which hit the global market mid 2008, the IT industry also suffered and this was in turn reflected in the lack of admissions sought for the IT branch of engineering from the academic year 2009-10 onwards, not only in Goa but the entire country.
“In Goa, there are other factors too for this occurrence, such as less number of students answering the Goa Common Entrance Test,” it was informed.
The senior faculty also stated that low demand for mining engineering seats is the result of closure of the state mining industry for the past two years. “The demand for this particular branch of engineering has gone down by as much as 50 per cent,” the faculty added.
The first batch of mining engineering students will pass out in 2015.
The number of engineering seats in Goa has also increased with new institutes like Fr Agnel College of Engineering at Assagao opening in recent times.
The DoTE sources further stated that the lack of interest of the students in the IT branch of engineering could be attributed to the demand of the students for electronics and telecommunications engineering, in which IT is part of the curriculum, which naturally increases the potential for jobs.
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“The demand for civil engineering seats was up, after the stream witnessed a slack over past some years, as there has been a lot of construction activity now, in turn generating interest of the students in this branch of engineering,” the DoTE sources maintained.
And finally, this year, the low demand for engineering seats could be also because there was a change in the age criteria of students more than a decade ago for entry to class I, and the students who were in class I at that time have passed HSSC, this year. The number of such students is naturally less than the number of those who had passed HSSC last year. This has resulted in decrease in the number of applications received by the DoTE for engineering admissions by at least 300.
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