As the deadline for the process of admissions to engineering and professional courses at APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Uttar Pradesh, comes to a close, there are as many as 326 colleges in which no student took admission. UP has 584 colleges affiliated to AKTU.

According to an India Times report, at the end of five rounds of counselling, there are 134 colleges, where admissions are one to nine. In Lucknow, there are 28 institutes which have zero admissions.

“It is worrisome if no students join an institute even after locking their seat and paying the fee. This indicates failure of the university as a whole in attracting students,” said a professor, according to the India Times report.

Notably, there are only 34 colleges, excluding the 12 government-run institutes, in which there have been more than 50 allotments.

According to AKTU vice-chancellor Vinay Pathak, there has been a global downfall when it comes to students wanting to opt for engineering. “The students opt for colleges that have training and placement facilities, and in which teaching-learning process is good. High number of colleges with zero-allotment is an indication that in the long run, only quality will survive. A state like UP needs only 25,000 to 30,000 engineers/professionals which we get almost every year,” Pathak said.

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In UP, 22,000 students (approx.) take admissions through counselling, while others get into colleges via direct admissions. Under the direct entry, students who haven’t even appeared for any entrance exam are admitted. Direct entry is deemed ‘selling’ of seats which remain vacant after counselling.

The AKTU VC feels that the surplus colleges which fail to attract students will eventually close down.

“Prevailing market forces will compel them to shut down. The university will grant new affiliations only on the basis of requirement,” he said.

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