If the number of students aspiring for engineering seats in India is an indication, then the great Indian fetish to become an engineer is on the downswing. Now the dream to become a doctor is the new fad.
When there is no placement or a job in hand after a degree, it becomes very difficult for the students. Due to all this, the students began to think that pursuing medical studies is a better option than engineering. Government and private engineering colleges in the state have seen a 46.07% decline in admissions in the last four years, the technical education department data shows. “With the mushrooming of the colleges across the state, most of the educational institutions are not able to provide quality education. Every stream has a phase as per the demand and supply of the market. So during 2000-2018, engineering was at its peak. But eventually when the quality was not delivered, students were not able to get placed
Data compiled by the National Testing Agency that organises entrance tests for engineering and Medical colleges shows that while 8.69 lakh students had registered for the first JEE Mains this year, the number was nearly 16 lakhs for NEET, scheduled to be held in May. There has been a decline of nearly 33% in candidates interested to get into engineering collages since 2014 while there has been a surge of about 140 % in those who are keen on medical courses.
Statics shows that the engineering Vs medical trend began to change in the last six years. In 2014, the number of student who took entrance test for admission in engineering collages was 12.90 lakh while medical aspirants numbered only 6.16 lakh- more than double.
Data for this year shows the change in preference has turned a full circle, with close to double the number of medical aspirants. “Engineering sector has completely gone bust” is one of the main reasons for the change as told by Amit Gupta , one of the trainer of NEET aspirants in Kota.
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