New Colleges under Anna University, Coimbatore offers BE Civil Engineering

New Colleges under Anna University, Coimbatore offers BE Civil Engineering

Though the demand for civil engineers is going up, only a few colleges under the Anna University (AU), Coimbatore, are ready to offer B.E in civil engineering.

The fact is that only one engineering college among the 28 new colleges that got the approval of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) this year has offered this course.

Others are offering circuit branch courses, which comprises Electronics and Communication Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering and Electricals.

According to an academician, though core engineering courses are gaining popularity of late, the new colleges are keen on starting Circuit Branch courses to attract more students instantly.

Even in last year, where 16 new colleges were started, only a few colleges did offer civil engineering.

The colleges’ reluctance to start civil engineering is the high cost involved in setting up the laboratory and providing other infrastructure facilities.

AU Vice-Chancellor Prof. R Radhakrishnan said, “The circuit branch courses can share a lab which is almost 60 percent common for them unlike civil engineering.”

He also said that only well established colleges could offer civil engineering courses as it involved high investment.

To note, the AU has increased the total number of seats for diploma holders to 120 to do full-time civil engineering under the direct entry system.

That is, all the diploma holders will do the, civil engineering together and they will not be merged with students who come after Plus 2.

Similarly, 120 seats were allotted for part-time civil engineering too. Last year, the varsity had allotted only 60 seats.

Academicians also said that the students who were not aware of the demand in this field would avoid taking a risk by doing a core subject.

Meanwhile, construction industry sources said that in the last two years, the demand for civil engineers had gone up, and the beginners were drawing a salary of Rs.20,000 to Rs 40,000 per month.