Private engineering colleges of Coimbatore have welcomed the order of the University Grants Commission which says no to new engineering colleges and no increase of new seats from the coming academic year. The existing colleges feel that it is a better chance for them to fill their seats.Earlier the city colleges had to struggle to fill seats forcing many such institutions to surrender their seats to the university.
The college owners are happy about the order that UGC has brought, by stopping the indiscriminate granting of permission to start new institutions and increase seats in existing ones which caused problems.
T D Eswaramoorthy, the Joint secretary of the Engineering Colleges affiliated to Anna University in Coimbatore stated that many institutions having 180 seats have surrendered 60 seats, this is because, having more seats results in financial strain on the college especially if they fail to get students. Therefore the teachers required for the excess students can be cut down and other expenses including laboratory facilities can also be minimized