Most tele­com engg cour­ses dis­con­tin­ued

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Musab Qazi

MUM­BAI: Elec­tron­ics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion branch of en­gi­neer­ing, also ap­proved as elec­tron­ics and com­mu­ni­ca­tion by some uni­ver­si­ties, con­tinue to wit­ness high­est num­ber of dis­con­tin­ued cour­ses across In­dia.

As per data avail­able with All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Education (AICTE), apex body for tech­ni­cal education in the coun­try, around 115 elec­tron­ics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion cour­ses will no longer be avail­able to stu­dents.

These in­clude 40 diploma, 60 de­gree and 15 post-grad­u­ate cour­ses. Last year, 173 cour­ses — 84 de­gree, 76 diploma and 13 post­grad­u­ate — were dis­con­tin­ued.

Elec­tron­ics and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion en­gi­neer­ing com­prises de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing hard­ware and soft­ware sys­tems that run com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices such as ra­dio, mo­bile, tele­vi­sion and com­puter.

Com­puter en­gi­neer­ing and its related branches of en­gi­neer­ing have wit­nessed the sec­ond high­est dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of cour­ses this year. Nearly 21 diploma, 12 de­gree and 43 post-grad­u­ate com­puter en­gi­neer­ing cour­ses, which in­cludes com­puter science, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy, were dis­con­tin­ued for 2018-19 aca­demic year.

Tamil Nadu has wit­nessed the high­est num­ber dis­con­tin­u­a­tions (157) fol­lowed by Te­lan­gana (123) and Ma­ha­rash­tra (79).

For the past few years, sev­eral en­gi­neer­ing cour­ses and in­sti­tutes across In­dia were dis­con­tin­ued as they fail to at­tract stu­dents. Of the 15.5 lakh BE and Btech seats in 3,291 en­gi­neer­ing col­leges in the coun­try, around 51% went un­claimed in 2016-17.

Ex­perts be­lieve lack of core en­gi­neer­ing jobs in tele­com and soft­ware sec­tors is to be blamed for dwin­dling de­mand and dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of the cour­ses.

A re­cent re­port by Jef­feries, a Us-based fi­nan­cial ser­vices com­pany, In­dian tele­com rev­enues fell an­other 7% quar­ter-on-quar­ter (QOQ) and are down 25% from the fourth quar­ter of 2015-16 lev­els. The tele­com in­dus­try rev­enues are on par with 2012-13 lev­els, the re­port said.

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