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Colleges offer MTech courses to fill seats

Hyderabad: Despite the fact that there is no demand for MTech courses, some colleges are offering MTech courses to the students for free just to fill the seats, allege activists and experts. After passing the examination, the candidates should deposit their certificates in college and work for one year.

According to experts, few colleges are offering MTech programmes though admissions are poor. The colleges are also recruiting doctorates before NAAC and NBA accreditation and terminating them soon after inspections.

Dr M Suresh Babu, an education expert said, “MTech lost its charm a few years due to lack of job opportunities. Instead of opting for MTech courses, the BTech graduates are opting for MBA courses due to which there is less demand for the MTech courses. During the NAAC process, colleges offer MTech courses to get NAAC accreditation as the NAAC officials look for colleges which has postgraduate courses while providing NAAC accreditation to the colleges.’’

He added, “After completing the course, the candidates should deposit their certificates in the college. These students are also expected to work for a year to get back their certificates. There is no demand for MTech  and only nine per cent students have been taken in for MTech this year in the first phase of counselling. It is mandatory to run PG programmes for NBA, NAAC for autonomous colleges due to which colleges are offering MTech programmes for free to fill the seats and to get NAAC accreditation. The colleges are also recruiting doctorates before NAAC and NBA accreditation and terminating them soon after inspections.’’

One students with the condition of anonymity said, “As per the MTech norms the students have to pay Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakhs for the management quota. The students are not able to pay so much fees for MTech after paying so much for the BTech courses.”