Nearly one-third of the students enrolled in many of these private self-financing engineering colleges in Kerala end up never taking the university degree — they remain Bachelor divorced from Technology (for life).
B. Tech pass percentages fall sharply ( The Hindu, August 28, 2011) , with only 46 per cent of the candidates clearing the final year examination of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, this year; last year, it was 56 per cent. It gives examples detailing how only three out of 67 students passed this year in an engineering college, whereas it was 12 out of 61 last year. To date, there are nearly 150 engineering colleges in the small State ofKerala(exact number cannot be arrived at any point of time, since the powers that be sanction a new engineering college almost every other day) out of which about a hundred are private self-financing colleges. Altogether, all these colleges offer nearly 60,000 seats in an year, out of which more than 10,000 fall vacant.