Karnataka: 20% of colleges would eliminate seats for traditional engineers

Around 20% of engineering colleges under Visvesvaraya Technological University have requested reduction in seats in traditional courses . Demand for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science courses is increasing .

BENGALURU: According to Sruthy Susan Ullas, about 20% of the engineering colleges under Visvesvaraya Technological University have requested a reduction in seats in traditional courses such as mechanical, civil, electrical, and allied degrees.While the university has not received any offer to close colleges for the academic year 2022-23, several affiliate colleges have attempted to reduce enrollment in various UG courses.Around 2,800 seats in these streams will be eliminated if the request is granted.Demand for new-age courses is rising As a result, the demand for machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science courses is increasing.

Up to 55 colleges have applied for a drop-in in computer science engineering (CSE) and related programs, and seven colleges have applied for new programs.Students will have 5,000 more seats available through CET and ComedK if permission is obtained from several entities, including the All-India Council of Technical Education, the VTU, and the government.Under the VTU umbrella, there are 208 faculties, which include autonomous, non-autonomous, and one constituent college.Applications have been received for four new colleges to be developed by VTU: One government college in Nargund in Gadag district and Bidar; a BGS College of Engineering in Mahalakshmipuram, Bengaluru; and the fourth is the architecture department of PDA College of Engineering, which has been separated into a new college.

Due to advancements in technology, the majority of colleges do not upgrade their mechanical and civil courses.AI and Ml are not specific to CSE, but they are common to all courses.Colleges should offer value-added courses and expand their laboratories.These courses survive in only a few colleges because they adapted to technological advances and integrated AI and ML laboratories, robotics, and automation into these two branches, according to B Ravishankar, principal, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology.

According to him, every topic will reach a saturation point.