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Rise in Demand For PG Engineering Programs : AICTE

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Rise In PG Engineering EnrolmentsAccording to data provided by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) there is a sudden rise in the demand for technical education in the country by which PG engineering courses are getting overwhelmed response since last year. The number of seats in postgraduate (PG) engineering institutes has reached  to a level of 160 per cent in the last year and there is a 100 per cent year-on-year growth in the number of new PG engineering institutes. Data shows as many as 888 seats were added in 2012-13, compared to 342 in the previous year.

Ten postgraduate institutes were opened in 2012-13, in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, which got two new PG engineering institutes each, and Kerala, where one institute was opened. In Andhra Pradesh, for instance, as many as 71,045 students applied for the PG Engineering Common Entrance Examination (PGECET) this year, against 36,000 students a year ago.

As industry experts say this sudden expansion in PG engineering seats is a practical necessity  as numerous faculty vacancies exist across engineering colleges in these states. It is directed to cater the needs of the growing number of students applying for such courses . The enrollment to postgraduate studies had come down by nearly 50 per cent over the past two decades, which resulted in an acute shortage of faculties in a number of education institutions. For example, in Andhra Pradesh alone, more than 700 engineering colleges will have about 70,000 posts to fill.

As they said, PG engineering education regained its lost popularity also due to the fact that from next year, even private engineering colleges will offer the sixth pay commission salaries for teaching positions. Besides, according to a new AICTE directive, the minimum qualification to teach at these colleges will be a postgraduate degree unlike previously when these teaching posts were largely held by B Tech graduates.

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