Due to the lack of demand, engineering colleges have decided to reduce the seats for admitting the students into Information Technology (IT) branch.
Many of the engineering colleges have asked the approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to reduce the seats. AICTE is the statutory body for the technical courses in the country.
About 15 years ago, IT was one of the top branches which was most sought-after by the students. Even so, it has unfortunately reached its exit position in the recent times.
Due to the worldwide economic slowdown, the demand for IT graduates were declined, consequently leading to a lesser demand for IT courses.
According to the engineering officials, during the campus placements, IT branch students face tough competition from the other branches students. Whereas students from the core engineering branches are offered jobs from various sectors.
According to industry experts, there was a growth of 30% in IT industry way back in 2008; gradually decreasing to around 15% after the onset of recession.
More than 2.5 lakh graduates from IT industry were employed in 2012-13. In 2013-14, it reduced to 2 lakh.
Some of the officials claimed that there is a demand for IT professionals among global firms.