Engineering Dilema


A scam privatized and legalized

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Simple logic is that a medical shop will be permitted, only if he is a qualified pharmacist. There is a condition that educational training institutes must be run by qualified educationists. Hospital can be started by a qualified doctor. But how come engineering colleges were allowed to be start by no vices.

When Nedurumalli Janardan Reddy as Chief Minister of State, sanctioned few private medical and engineering colleges in 1992, it was a big scam. He was dragged to court and admonished for sanctioning private colleges. TDP and its brand media accused Janardan Reddy of a scamster. He was compelled to resign from Chief Ministership owning moral responsibility.

But Chandrababu Naidu after over throwing NTR, opened doors to privatization of professional education. Same brand media and establishment eulogized Chandrababu as savior of AP money, till then flowing to other states in persuasion of professional education. It was called then a wise decision.

Its true that privatization yielded good results in engineering education. A man of Chandrababu, called Narayana Rao was taken over helms of affairs at AICTE and issued permissions recklessly. Gradually it was turned into a scam.

Simple logic is that a medical shop will be permitted, only if he is a qualified pharmacist. There is a condition that educational training institutes must be run by qualified educationists. Hospital can be started by a qualified doctor. But how come engineering colleges were allowed to be start by no vices.

Starting engineering college or medical college was allowed into a business concern. Then started pumping money through reimbursement method. Without caring for standards and proper establishment colleges were allowed at will. People, who have no minimum educational qualifications also became the founders of professional colleges.

Chandrababu started the scam, YS Rajashekhar Reddy take it to peaks. AICTE became party to this mockery of engineering education. One management one college turned out to be one management ten colleges. Colleges were seen as money minting grounds, not as centers of excellence. No sufficient staff, no labs, no serious learning….some colleges have not crossed their student strength double digits.

Today we have reached to a no return point in privatization, but its a must to standardize engineering education. So far only 20 percent of engineering graduates were absorbed by IT and other industries. Remaining engineering graduates are struggling to relocate themselves in odd jobs, in no way related to their studies. This is time to introspection.

Tragedy is that, in the name of engineering education, social sciences were neglected.

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About kattashekar

Editor, Namasthe Telangana Daily, Hyderabad
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One Response to Engineering Dilema

  1. Dr. Linga Reddy C says:

    When I try to run a university/college and industry gap bridging course in electronics engineering there are hardly 10 students showed up. Students are not even aware or not even interested in core engineering jobs. Now I see that most of them have back packs because they get into engineering with out having sufficient background or they entered into an engineering college run a rogue who just see it as business.

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