Few things were notable in the field of education and media last week. There were two things though, that were very important to the engineering college admission seekers.
1) The observation and demand by the high court that many engineering colleges were performing poorly and that they needed to be closed down.
2) Some of the advertisements in the media of the various engineering colleges.
Although many parents do not give proper attention to the selection of engineering colleges and courses for their children due to manifold reasons, the ills of the system cannot be wished away. They are there and will be there. It is a fact that many engineering colleges do not do any value addition to the students that are enrolled there. The value addition for any candidate is either placements or good knowledge. The court observes that the second of them is not there in many colleges and that the data corresponding to the measurement of these viz..faculty profile and pass percentage be made available to the public by these respective colleges.
At present laissez faire is the norm in education. The student has to make sure that he derives value from the education. He also has to ensure that he studies a good course in a good college. This is mapped by the requirements of the students themselves and each one of them has a unique set of requirements. The most common denominator, at least in engineering colleges, is placement and a degree. So please look at these two parameters before you select a course and a college. The social ills plaguing the unsuccessful engineering college students are yet to be documented but the society has witnessed a lot of those ills of late.
The second observation is the advertisements of the engineering colleges that appeared in the media. The advertisements of the colleges portray what they are good at. Some colleges are good at placement; they have put those figures in their advertisements. Some are good at results; they have put those figures. Some are good at none; they have abstained from making any claims. A closer look at these says that the days of yore when every college was meant to give the same value to the students are gone. That was the era when there were only government engineering colleges. These days, different managements concentrate on different things and make their colleges good at those. Some departments in the same colleges are better performing than the others. A good look at what is on offer will guide prospective candidates to the right place in alignment with their goals.
The general tendency though, seems to be favouring the research based on last rank details of the previous year to select the best course and college. This is far from optimal and not the only way to go. A career is at stake and for the many middle class people this could be the make or break decision in life. Do align the research and devote some time to it so that you have a rosy picture and it is the responsibility of the parents to understand that and lead their wards from the front to do this research.