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Nearly 75% of second year engineering students in 170 colleges in and around Chennai have failed in at least one paper in the third semester. The pass percentage of around 65,000 students in colleges affiliated to the Anna University of Technology (AUT), Chennai, shows the quality of technical education in the state, experts say. Academics attribute this to the poor quality of students learning in bad colleges under unqualified teachers who are unaware of the teaching-learning process.
Mr. E Balaguruswamy, former vice-chancellor of Anna University and UPSC member, said, "You get poor students because the qualifying percentage is greatly reduced, so anybody who applies for an engineering seat gets one. Many seats go vacant so all are given admission. The quality of the faculty in these colleges is poor. More than 50% were not qualified, and many colleges don’t have senior faculty who know the subjects," he said. "The college environment in many institutions is not good as the quality of the management is bad. They treat the faculty and students badly," Balaguruswamy added. Analyzing the results, vice-chancellor of AUT Chennai professor C. Thangaraj said inability of the lateral entry students to catch up with portions and faculty migration are to blame. Lateral entry students join colleges with poor mathematical fundamentals as they do not study Class 12 maths, Thangaraj said. Lateral entry students undergo three years of polytechnic education after Class 10, and are allowed to join the second year in an engineering college based on their polytechnic results. There are 9,800 lateral entry students in the 170 affiliated colleges, with a maximum of 177 such students in any one college. If 8,000 of these students fail to make the grade that translates to 12% to 13% of the total, Thangaraj said. Around 70,000 seats in more than 500 engineering colleges in the state went a-begging this year. Still colleges continue to crop up.
Courtesy: Times of India
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