HYDERABAD: Finishing an engineering project does not require knowledge but money. At least that’s the case in a few colleges in the city.
Most of the students have been found resorting to buying readymade projects from small firms who are into this business full-time. These firms also help in getting research papers published for students. Some of these firms have even taken the route of e-commerce and have displayed the projects on their website in detail according to the technology it is based on, its price along with pictures, abstracts and research papers.
Engineering students are expected to put the concepts that they learn into practice twice in their four-year long course –once in the third year as a mini project for 50 marks and again in their final year for 200 marks. However, majority of the students buy readymade projects which can cost anywhere between Rs 2,500 to Rs 50,000 depending on the technology, components used and complexity of the project. When contacted, JNTU-Hyderabad registrar, Dr N Yadaiah, said, “The university cannot ensure that at each and every affiliated college, students are genuinely doing the projects. The colleges also share this responsibility and should take required measures for it.”
Private colleges in cahoots with project vendors
While the university says that the onus is on private colleges, unfortunately these colleges are also involved with students in making a mockery of engineering education for earning a quick buck. A senior professor of a well-known engineering college said, “In many private engineering colleges, the teachers and Heads of Department provide business to firms selling engineering projects. They take commission on the cost that the students pay to such firms for buying projects. Not just this, but some college managements too are involved in this business by setting tie-ups with firms selling engineering projects. When the time comes for external evaluation, even invigilators are handled by the college management. It does not usually happen that some student is failed in the final year for sub-standard project.”
“In most of the engineering colleges the teachers are not capable enough to provide project ideas to their students and make them do projects in colleges. Students are to be blamed as well who do not show any interest in doing project and buy them,” he added.
Colleges need to take interest
Principal of JNTU-H College of Engineering, Dr A Govardhan, said, “Colleges need to play an active role in getting internships for their students in industry for conducting the final year project. We write to various PSUs like ECIL and BHEL along with private IT companies for allowing our children to do internships. As industries cannot provide internships to every single engineering student, colleges should take the initiative to get their students do in-house projects under guidance of the faculty. Around 60 per cent of our students do their projects in industries while the remaining do their projects in college on real time issues.”