Unemployability has been cited as a reason for low hiring rate of B.Tech graduates in the present placement season.
Lack of skills, attributed to poor standards of teaching, have been proven by various surveys. “Higher education should be looked upon as an investment, not expenditure. Private players in this field should also be regulated, as there is a difference between profiteering and profit-making,” observed Dr. K. Anantha Padmanabhan, former director of IIT-Kanpur and a member of the academic monitoring board of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE). He was speaking during the announcement of admissions to B. Tech program of IFHE here Wednesday.
The deemed university offers a four-year B.Tech programme in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, CSE, electrical engineering and EEE streams.
The B. Tech programme, which is in its third year of running, has an intake of 300 students a year for the Hyderabad campus and a similar intake at Dehradun, Jaipur and Tripura campuses. The number of students at Raipur, Ranchi and Himachal Pradesh, which started the programme only a couple of years back, is 240 in each area.
“We have tie-ups with 70 multinationals including Infosys, Microsoft, Deloitte, Bank of India and TCS among others for placement of the first batch of students, which are due to graduate in the coming academic year,” said Dr. J. Mahender Reddy, vice chancellor ICFAI University.
The admissions will be carried through a Computer Based Test (CBT) to be conducted between May 5 and 11. The last date for receipt of completed OMR application forms is April 20. Admissions will be based on the scores of the competitive examination, as well JEE (Main/Advanced) 2013 and other state level and national level engineering entrance tests conducted in 2013.
Classes will commence from August 1.