A: “I am regular seller on OLX. Nowadays, I get rid of all unwanted things on OLX” 
B tech grad: “Can I sell off my B Tech degree on OLX?”
 Pling!

 

 

This is one of the hundreds of trolls on B. Tech graduates who are burdened with their degree certificates. Of course, such jokes have always been in vogue mocking those who pursue ‘uneconomical’ courses in social science and language. Then the Engineering and Medical students were the blue-eyed ones among the lot. But things took a curious turn for the worse in less than 15 years.

 

She: What do you do? 

He: Bank coaching...

She: Where did you do your B.Tech course?

 

In Kerala, for instance, the number of engineering colleges soared from just 12 in 2001 to 119 in 2016. Incidentally, in 2001 Kerala government decided to permit self-financing engineering colleges. The main justification was that it would halt the exodus of Malayalee students to self-financing colleges in neighbouring states. Starting such colleges in the state would curb the flow of money to the other states, the government calculated. 

"Teacher explaining Fleming's Left Hand Rule to B.Tech Electrical students."
 

What followed was a systematic degradation of technical education and an appalling fall in job opportunities. B-tech courses were stripped off its prestige and worse, the graduates have become the but of ridicule.  But the trollers seldom realise that their subjects are victims of a fatally flawed policy and distorted priorities. The plight of MBA students is no better.  

Bank Jobs!
'I like this job..I'm taking it': Gopalan, B.Tech.

 

A good majority of B-tech grads enrolls in coaching centres to prepare for Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) exams. They don’t mind even if it is a clerical job because it is the only option for many. Others opt for bank jobs.   

 

The number of job aspirants joining KPSC coaching centres shows 50% increase every year and more than 50% percentage of them are graduates of professional courses, as per estimation by a principal of a coaching centre in Thrissur. 

 

 No wonder, students are deserting Engineering courses. When the second phase allotment list to self-financing engineering colleges was released in July this year by Commissioner of Entrance Examination in Kerala, 13, 900 seats had no takers! As many as 21 colleges had less than 30 applicants. Not a single student was enrolled in many departments of 28 private institutions!
 

 Relative to B.Tech grad: Are you jobless still?

B.Tech grad: Come here, let's have some fun. Did you pay for my course? 

Relative: No

B.Tech grad: Can you find me a job? 

Relative: No!

B.Tech grad: Are you planning to marry your daughter to me?

Relative: Never!

B.Tech Grad: Why bother then? 

 

When the results of second-semester examinations of 152 engineering colleges under  the university testified the poor state of self-financing engineering Colleges. The success rate was less than 10% in ten self-financing institutions

 

The Technological University officials blame the abysmal performance of self-financing colleges on the poor academic standard of students, lack of experienced teachers and infrastructure. Even as they perform badly, the lobby of self-financing engineering colleges continues to exert pressure on the government to allow them a free hand in admitting students without entrance examinations!

 

Though the state government established APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University in 2014 to bringing  all engineering colleges and technical institutions under it to improve the academic standards, it witnessed a statewide student unrest recently related to the scheduling of examinations and had to roll back its decision following the protests. 

 

It is ironical that despite a growth in institutions and infrastructure, the quality of technical education in the state took a free fall and it has come to take a toll on the prestigious institutions as well. 

 

Perhaps that is why these trolls are not just jokes.