Scores of technical and IT engineering colleges have been put up for sale across the subcontinent as a rush to cash in on perceived demand failed to materialise among students traditionally drawn to the sector.
Tucked away between advertisements for spacious commercial units and large plots of land, it further states that the 840 square metre building is constructed on 10 acres of land, has 400 computers, an auditorium that can seat 400, four buses and is just 40km from the city of
The advertisement is unusual.
In a region where IT and software engineering has been a preferred subject among most students, the sale details underline a worrying trend across south
What began with a rush by private educational trusts to set up engineering colleges in the southern states of
The former vice chancellor of
"This is because they just don't have enough students. When there are no students, where is the revenue?" he says.
"Barring the 50 odd elite colleges in the state, most others have seen abysmal enrolments," says an official from the southern regional office of the
"One of the reasons could be the fact that the seats in select colleges have been increased," the official adds.
"Also, deemed universities can admit any number of students. Both these aspects have affected private colleges that have opened in the last five to six years."
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