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There is a spurt in the number of students applying for post-graduate engineering courses in the state. A total of 71,045 students have applied for the PG Engineering Common Entrance Test (PGECET) this year as against just about 36,000 students last year. Officials cited numerous existing vacancies in various engineering colleges in the state as the reason behind the sudden demand for ME / M.Tech courses. As per a new All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) directive, the teaching posts in over 727 engineering colleges in the state will have to be filled with faculty members and the minimum qualification for these posts is M.Tech / ME. Till last year, most of these teaching posts were filled with B.Tech graduates.
But to increase fee for various courses, it is mandatory for these engineering colleges to follow AICTE norms. Following a recent Supreme Court order on this issue, over 300 colleges have already pledged to recruit faculty members with M.Tech qualification from the coming academic year. However, college managements say there is a serious shortage for candidates who can fulfill the AICTE norms. Since the past two decades, there has been an almost a 50% drop in the number of candidates opting for post-graduate studies. And this resulted in acute shortage of engineering faculty in the state, said. K V. K. Rao, general secretary, Consortium of Private Engineering and Professional College Managements Association. From next year, teaching positions even in private engineering colleges will be lucrative as the implementation of sixth pay commission recommendations has been made mandatory for any increase in college fee for students. This ensures a minimum salary of Rs 36,000 for an entry level faculty in the engineering colleges. A total of 70,000 posts will be up for grabs in about 700 colleges in the coming academic year, said Rao, pointing out the demand for M.Tech grads in the state. According to A Venugopal Reddy, convener, PGECET, increase in the number of engineering colleges in the state is also a cause for the rising demand for PG engineering. Over a two lakh engineering graduates pass out of various colleges in the state every year. However, only 50% of them get jobs as there are not many opportunities available in the market. Now these students are looking for alternate career options, said Reddy, adding he expects a 100% increase in the number of applicants for PGECET next year. Osmania University will conduct the examination from June 8, 2012 to June 11, 2012 this year in examination centres located in Hyderabad, Warangal, Anantapur, Tirupati, Guntur and Vizag.
Courtesy: Times of India
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