A crackdown by the Telagana state government on dubious engineering colleges, the number of students admitted in engineering colleges this academic year has almost down to one third of the strength get admission in engineering colleges three years ago. This year only about 80,000 students preferred admission in engineering colleges, a little more than half of actual students strength last year.
Besides government’s strict regulations, general lack of interest in engineering courses other than computer science, information technology, and electronics also led to this miserable situation. Also, strict enforcement by the government of the rules on the availability of infrastructure and faculty have forced many colleges to shut down.
The number of engineering colleges in the state may also come down to less than 150 but only about 40 to 50 colleges that are located in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Warangal districts may actually have students.
In the 2014-15 academic year, Telangana had 280 engineering colleges, which together offered 2.4 lakh seats. The number of seats plunged to 1.4 lakh in 2015-16, and that of functioning colleges to 212. These numbers remained almost the same in the 2016-17 academic year as well. Many engineering colleges did not have proper teaching infrastructure; officials said that during inspection, it was found that 68 colleges did not even have a building to conduct classes.