Wednesday, July 09, 2008
BOOM IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION
71 new self-financing engineering colleges being starting from this academic year in Tamil Nadu. This along with the six new government engineering colleges, effectively takes the number of technical institutions to 349.First self-financing engineering college in Tamil Nadu was established in 1984.Seven of these 71 are exclusive women's engineering colleges, which will function from Perundurai, Kumarapalayam, Sivakasi, Tiruchengode, Athur, Sankari and Chengalpattu.Women's colleges will each have a sanctioned intake of 300 students, the co-educational institutions will admit 240 each.This means an increase of 17,400 BE/BTech seats this year.This year with the new colleges also contributing to the common pool, the number of seats in the government quota could well cross 75,000. The number of aspirants this year is over 1.27 lakh.Over 100 applications to establish new colleges were submitted to the AICTE.