To listen to the downfall of engineering education in the country, Haryana tops the list with over 75 percent vacant seats. Shri Balwant Singh Institute of Technology (SBIT) is a perfect example of what has gone wrong in engineering. Last year in August when their students returned from after exams vacation, many teacher had left the college. There were no teachers for taking class for four subjects as told by a computer science student. The college then appointed new teachers some of them were fresh B.Tech graduates with no experience of teaching.
Lack of Teachers in Engineering College
A school teacher was brought to teach thermodynamics to first year students. The school teacher came from nearby school run by the same group. Clearly this violated the AICTE norms according to which only postgraduate teachers could be appointed for teaching in engineering colleges. But at colleges like SBIT the AICTE norms have gone long out of the window
An administrative officer at SBIT told that almost 97% of seats have left vacant this year. Only 17 seats BE/B.Tech seats are filled that have a total intake of 540 seats. Almost half of the campus is empty for which the institute pays a power bill of Rs.2 lakh per month. He added that they could not afford to keep all the classrooms functional.
Regarding the first year admissions, out of 17, there are 13 students in Computer Science, 4 in mechanical. No student opted for Information Technology, Electronics and Electrical engineering this year.
Engineering Situation worse in Sonepat
Other than SBIT, 18 engineering colleges have shut down in Haryana since the year 2012. Haryana stood at third place in closing of engineering institutions, after Andhra Pradesh(23) and Telangana(21). As per the AICTE records, around 17 institutes in the state are under the scanner of AICTE. These colleges are under the risk of forced shut down by the AICTE next year.
The Sonepat district has seventeen engineering institutions, the highest in Haryana, is now pockmarked with failed engineering institutes. Three colleges have been closed in Sonepat in the past five years. At least five engineering colleges were closed without informing the AICTE.