Around 677 engineering college in that 339 colleges are facing the termination. "It is not possible to run a college without enrollment of at least 200 students," said M Sechagiri Rao, Bapatla Engineering College.
Over 414 colleges have recorded less than 200 admissions in the general quota. According to the experts, about 50 of the above set of colleges could manage to run the show by getting another 50 to 75 students admissions under management quota, taking their total intake to around 225 students.
However, over 350 engineering college would face serious troubles as their enrollments are far below the minimum required strength. While about 99 college registered admission of less than 150 students, another 24 colleges got the nod of the little around 100 students admissions.
Academic experts feel that the students have realised the need of quality institutes and opted only for the best colleges instead of local colleges.
IT Sector recruitment has been slowing down in the last 2 years, considerably students choose mechanical and civil disciplines in the best colleges.
K Srinivasa Readdy, Principal of an engineering college analysed that, "It is clear indication that students bet on the best colleges. 70% of the mechanical seats were filled up during the counseling. Civil engineering seats was opted by 67%, but ECE and CS seats were chosen by 64% and 53% of students.
The engineering colleges, which are launched between 2008-10 failed fill the seats in that colleges. Academicians believe that almost all the 339 colleges that have strength of below 150 or 100 students would close down in a year of two.
Out of 2.10 lakh students eligible for admissions this year only 1.37 lakh students attended the certification verification of which 1,34,373 lakh students were allotted the seats. Nearly 25,000 students enrolled themselves in the colleges that were at the bottom. Sources said that many of these students will later shift to better colleges leaving many colleges without even a single student by the time the second counseling concludes. Some of the top colleges have some seats left vacant in first phase, the students would surely go for them making these colleges stronger.
"I strongly believe that around 300 of the total 700 engineering colleges in the state would survive after a couple of years," said former technical education minister and owner of the engineering college, Alapati Rajendraprasad. He said that although consolidation of college might pave way for higher fees in the coming years, he observed that it would benefit the students too as they would get quality education than just a degree.