The Central Admission Committee has declared that more & more engineering aspirants are opting for mechanical engineering over other engineering streams. The reason behind the increasing popularity of mechanical engineering as a career option is its impeccable placement record in the last two years. In 2009, companies selected 70 students of mechanical engineering stream from LD Engineering Institute followed by Electrical and Electronics & Communications engineering streams. This year also 51 mechanical engineers have been placed in reputed companies and 21 each from EC and Electrical. Prof KB Bhoyania, Placement officer at LD Engineering College, said, “It has been the trend since the last two years that the highest placement goes to students having taken up mechanical engineering."
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has not approved some top engineering colleges. This is a bad news for candidates who aspired to get an admission in top engineering colleges in the state. AICTE declared a list of approved colleges on its official website. The top engineering colleges like RV College of Engineering, PES Institute of Technology, Malnad College of Engineering, and Sri Channabasaveshwara College of Engineering, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Gokte Institute of Technology and University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering have not get approval for most of the courses and 20 other colleges, including five government colleges are not in the approved list of colleges.
The Indian Institutes of Technology have rejected the idea of selecting the candidates through a Common Engineering Entrance Test for all engineering colleges. HRD ministry-appointed committee said in its report, “Scores in a well-designed National Aptitude Test should be used to capture parameters of interest such as raw intelligence, aptitude, general awareness, comprehension and written communication skills. NAT should not require extensive preparation and coaching. The questions should be designed in such a way that it would not require inputs beyond plus 2 level.” To make the exam process more friendly for students, the committee has proposed to make NAT an online test conducted throughout the year.
After the first list of selected candidates got declared, it’s surprising to see that almost 469 seats reserved for OBC candidates are still waiting to be occupied. According to the Joint Entrance Examination organizing committee, some candidates were not able to grab a seat despite a relaxation in cut-off marks & hence, several candidates failed to utilize the reservation for OBC status. Mr.TS Natarajan, JEE organizing chairman and professor at IIT Madras said, "The IITs had set aside 2,570 seats for OBCs, but only 2,023 were filled. Some candidates could not establish their OBC status. Also, there were not enough qualified candidates. Further, many got the courses of their choice as general category students. The unfilled seats have therefore been transferred to the general category."